If you were at Gryphon Football’s Wildman Dinner back in January, you would have heard Nick and Calvin bring a message from their father.The award given out each year to a top high school coach in Ontario was re-named in Jeff Hale’s honour. Over his Gryphon career Hale was named a team captain twice – 1979 & 1982, and he was an OUAA All Star in both 19. Following his playing career Hale remained with the Gryphons for two seasons assisting with the coaching of the offensive line.Former Gryphon All Canadian offensive lineman, and coach, Jeff Hale lost his battle with brain cancer yesterday.We knew this was coming but it is still saddening when you hear the news.Hale, who now lives in Orillia, has spent the past thirty or so years with the Ontario Provincial Police.
James Roberts is listed on the Gryphons 55-man roster but that doesn’t mean he will be among the 47 players who dress tomorrow.Hale fought the good fight against his cancer diagnosis for almost six years.Hale leaves behind his wife Robin and two sons – Nick and Calvin."Once a Gryphon always a Gryphon", Jeff Hale lost his battle with cancer today. My wife just reminded me I said I’d be ready to hit the road at 6 pm.We’re heading to Kingston tonight and then finishing the journey to Ottawa in the morning In my opinion this is an important game in multiple ways … The Ravens have more to play for with their playoff hopes depending on them winning.