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CHEROKEE ROUT CYCLONES

(9-1 WIN VS. CINCINNATI SATURDAY NIGHT) 

Toledo OH:          On Saturday night the Toledo Cherokee opened the 30th season of junior hockey in Toledo Ohio with 9-1 win over the visiting Cincinnati Cyclones in front of a crowd of 1050 at the Team Toledo Ice House.

Scoring for the Cherokee in the win was Jason Crossland (Dearborn MI) with two goals, Nicklas Millhorn (Brownstown MI), Brett LoGelfo (Long Island NY), Santino Multari (Hermitage PA), Dominik McNamara (Gibraltar MI), Nolan Huss (Genoa OH), Kolin LeDuc (Macomb MI) and Collin Preston (Trenton MI) each added a goal for Toledo.

Justin Lang (Paw Paw MI), LeDuc and McNamara each had two assists, Ryan Stanley (Trenton MI), Jacob Ammar (Scarborough ON), Oliver McClough (Perrysburg OH), Multari, Crossland, Millhorn, LoGelfo all chipped in an assist for the Tribe.

Frank Murphy (Toronto ON) earned his first victory in net for the Cherokee making 20 saves on 21 shots.

“I thought the guys played well for our first game, I felt like we played the right way on Saturday. We have a few things to clean up which we will work on in practice but all in all it was a good first game for our guys.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The team had a pregame on ice ceremony to honor many of the alumni over the past 30 years and the players from the 1998 National Championship honored former Broadcaster and Sap Memorial award winner Mik Gonzales with a Championship ring from 1998.

“It was great seeing so many former players come out and show us what Cherokee hockey meant to them while they were a member of the team, I am proud to tell anyone I coach the Toledo Cherokee an organization that has been a staple in Toledo for 30 years.” Added Miller

The Cherokee are idle this weekend but return to action on Saturday October 1st when they travel to Mount Clemens MI to take on the Metro Jets. Face off for that game will be at 5:30PM. Toledo will then go to Wooster on Sunday the 2nd and play the Oilers with a 3:30PM start.  

Fans that are unable to attend those games can catch all the action by visiting www.hockeytv.com

For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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TOLEDO CHEROKEE OPEN THE REGULAR SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT

(PLAY HOST TO THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES DURING GTAHA DAY)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference begin their 30th season Saturday night when they host the Cincinnati Cyclones at the Team Toledo Ice House.

Face off is set for 8:00PM. The game will be in conjunction with GTAHA day at the Ice House as all the Cherokee youth teams will play throughout the day leading up to the junior game. 

The players and coaching staff have been hard at work during training camp and are excited to start the regular season.

“Our guys have been working hard during training camp and are ready for the challenge of the regular season; it is a long season so as a coaching staff we need to make sure we prepare our guys for everything this division is going to throw at us.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

Toledo looks to make an improvement on last season’s results as they lost in the quarterfinals of the USPHL National tournament.

The Cherokee welcome back from last year’s roster Hunter Hatcher, Ryan Stanley, Mike Price, Sam Shifflett, Dominik McNamara, Ian Bennett and Nicklas Millhorn

First year players for the Cherokee this season include Jonah Slater, Nick Ramm, Dustin Fretter, Brett LoGelfo, Luke Johnson, Santino Multari, Jake Gignac, Jacob Ammar, Kolin LeDuc, Oliver McClough, Jason Crossland, Justin Lang, Jake Hitchner, Nate Whitson, Frank Murphy, Xaver Gradinscak, Zach Nolan, Zach Anderson, Cameron Reel and Nolan Huss   

Ticket prices for all Cherokee home games are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and students. 

Fans unable to attend the game can catch all the action at www.hockeytv.com. Director of Broadcasting Zeke Fravor will be calling all the action on Saturday night from the “Mik Gonzales Press Box” at the Ice House.

For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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CHEROKEE OPEN TRAINING CAMP ON SEPTEMBER 6TH

(ALL ON ICE SESSIONS WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Toledo OH:          The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Great Lakes Division announced today that the 2022-2023 training camp will open on Tuesday September 6th at 4:30PM at the Team Toledo Ice House.

Toledo will hold a two-week training camp this year before opening the 30th season of Cherokee hockey on Saturday September 17th at the Team Toledo Ice House versus the Cincinnati Cyclones at 8:00PM

“We are very excited to get the season going, our group last year had a lot of success so as a team we are hoping to continue that trend going into this year. Our Director of Player Personnel Nic Saenz has done a great job recruiting a pool of players that we feel will fit into the Cherokee culture.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

For the Toledo Cherokee regular season schedule please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com.

Training Camp Schedule

Tuesday               September 6th                  4:30-5:50PM

Wednesday        September 7th                     4:30-5:50PM

Thursday             September 8th                    4:30-5:50PM

Friday                  September 9th                     4:30-5:20PM

Tuesday              September  13th                   4:30-5:50PM

Wednesday        September 14th                      4:30-5:50PM

Thursday             September 15th                     4:30-5:50PM

Friday                   September 16th                    4:30-5:20PM

For more information please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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TOLEDO CHEROKEE LOOKING FOR BILLET FAMILIES

(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 kmiller@macombgroup.com or Vice President/Director of Finance Carey Manders at cmanders2@bex.net.

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CHEROKEE UNVEIL 30th ANNIVERSARY JERSEY

(REPLICA OF FIRST EVER TOLEDO CHEROKEE JERSEY)

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 www.cherokeehockey.com

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.

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LETTER FROM COACH MILLER

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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