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Toledo OH:          The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier Conference in the Great Lakes Division kick off main camp for the 2022-2023 season this weekend at the Team Toledo Ice House.

"This should be a very competitive camp, Nic Saenz (Director of Player Personnel) has been working really hard this off-season to help re-load the roster from last season, as a coaching staff we are looking forward to seeing the guys on the ice this weekend." Said head coach Kenny Miller

The camp will feature two teams each playing three games and the All-Star game on Sunday morning. Team Red will take on Team Black all weekend.

Below is the schedule for the main camp this weekend, fans are encouraged to come out the Ice House and see the future stars of the Toledo Cherokee take the ice for the next three days.


Friday August 12th

6:00PM – 7:30PM                RED VS. BLACK

Saturday August 13th

10:00AM-11:20AM              RED VS. BLACK

5:00PM – 6:20PM                RED VS. BLACK

Sunday August 14th

9:00AM – 11:00AM             ALL STAR GAME RED VS. BLACK




(2022-23 SEASON)


The Toledo Cherokee are looking for billet families for the upcoming season 2022-2023. A Billet Family opens their home to selected players in order to give them a safe and stable environment while they are away from their own homes.  Our players are between ages 16 and 20.  For many of them this is the first time away from home, making it essential that they are comfortable with who they are staying with.  We would like to have many options when placing our players with a family.  Most players have transportation of their own and if they do not we place them with another player who does.  The players must be going to school or working.

The players will arrive in early September and stay until the middle of March.

Billet families receive a stipend each month of $325.00 from each player they are housing to help offset the additional food and utility expenses of the household.

If you would be interested in additional information in becoming a Billet Family, please email General Manager/Head Coach Kenny Miller at or Vice President/Director of Finance Carey Manders at






Toledo Ohio:      The 2022-2023 UPSHL season will mark the 30th anniversary for the Toledo Cherokee and the team has announced they will wear special 30th anniversary jerseys throughout the season as they celebrate this milestone.

The Cherokee with the help from Wingman Sports have designed a replica jersey just like the team wore in 1993 during their first season as a member of the Central States Hockey League.

“We are very excited to unveil the 30th anniversary jerseys, this organization has a long history as a member of junior hockey from the Junior “B” National Championship to the hundred or so players that have went on to play college hockey.“ Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Cherokee will have a special sponsor logo on the back of the jerseys as former Cherokee player Hank “John” Avink who owns eXp Realty has joined forces with the Cherokee to have these special jerseys made for the 30th anniversary.

As a member of the Cherokee in the late 90’s Avink served as team captain, as a member of the Cherokee the team won two CSHL regular season championships,  three CSHL playoff championships, qualified for the Junior “B” nationals three times and Hank was a member and captain of the Cherokee team that won the 1998 Junior “B” National Championship.

“I am very grateful to be able to give back to an organization that has meant so much to me as well as many other players that have worn the Cherokee jersey the last twenty nine years.’’ Said Avink

Wingman Sports Corporation designed and will supply the jerseys for the Cherokee.  Wingman Sports is based out of Newmarket Ontario.

“Our team prides itself on looking good out on the ice and to be able to create a jersey for our current players to wear just like the guys did back in 1993 is very special to everyone involved in our organization. Wingman was great to work with Jason Clarke and Lee Umansky did everything to meet our needs and we are extremely happy with how the jerseys turned out.” Added Miller

The Cherokee begin play in September, please visit our website for more information at

The Toledo Cherokee finished the 2021-2022 season with a record of 37-6-3 overall and went 3-1 at the USPHL Nationals in Hudson NH.




WOW what a season it was, to be able to take this group back to Nationals for a 2nd straight season was special. On behalf of the Toledo Cherokee coaching staff I would like to take a few minutes to thank all off you on a great season.

On September 13th when we had our first practice I knew this group was going to go back to Nationals and you guys played your hearts out every night and reached that goal, unfortunately we came up a little short in that last game against our rivals.

Myself, Todd and Nic would like to thank all of the players for your commitment to the team this year, I say it all the time playing junior hockey is a HUGE commitment and I am very proud to be your coach, you showed up every day and worked hard during the week and you were rewarded by winning 40 games this year the most in a single season since this coaching staff was put together. I hope that your time on the team has not only made you a better player but taught you lessons as a person as well. I am very confident you will all be very successful men when you enter the real world after hockey is done for you.

To our 10 twenty-year olds, Bryce, Bailey, Joey, Kieran, Luke, Greg, Nick, Jarrett, Gavin and Vinny I know you will be very successful in life and I wish you nothing but the best.

Parents, thank you for allowing us to coach your kids every day, your financial commitment to allow your sons to play this great game of hockey is much appreciated.

To our support staff, Donny, Carey, MO, Brandee, Matt, Doc, Bill, Zeke, Ivan, Jeff, Jennifer, Marissa Diane and Kadyn as well as all the volunteers that make our organization one of the best in all of Tier III hockey THANK YOU for all you do not only for the boys but the coaching staff. It makes the coaches and players jobs so much easier when we just have to concentrate on practicing and playing in games.

To our billet families, thank you for opening your homes and allowing our players to live with you and become part of your family. These relationships will last a lifetime.

To our fans, you guys were great this year, no matter who we were playing you always packed the Ice House and made tons of noise for our boys and I know they fed off your energy. Thanks for supporting our boys both at home games and away games. The USPHL brass was really impressed with our fan support in New Hampshire this past week!

We will continue to work hard in the off-season and recruit players that will come in and gel with our returning guys to make sure we not only get back to Nationals but win it in 2023.

Thanks again for all you have done for the Toledo Cherokee organization.

Coach Miller




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