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LETTER FROM COACH MILLER

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.

When we started this journey back in late August I knew we had a special group of players but for these kids exceed my expectations to go from thirteen wins a season ago to thirty-one wins this year just shows what hard working kids we had on our team this year.

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 so many games this year. 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 three twenty-year olds, Anthony, Chad and Matt 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. Thanks for supporting the boys during all the home and away games. These last few home games were electric with the crowds we had and all the noise you guy’s made for the boys.

To our support staff, Donny, Carey, MO, Brandee, Doc, Blake, Bill, Zeke, Jake, Ryan, EAO Sports and 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.

Even though our season didn’t end the way we had hoped with a trip to Nationals it can’t go unnoticed that we were a last place team last year that turned in a third place this year and we should all be proud of this achievement.

We have set the bar high for next year as we go out and recruit players to come in and join the guys that will be returning to the team for the 2020-2021 season we should all have the mindset of reaching Nationals next year and winning a USPHL Championship.

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

Coach Miller

CHEROKEE ADVANCE TO 2ND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

(TAKE ON THE PITTSBURGH VENGEANCE) 

Toledo OH:          The Toledo Cherokee advanced in the USPHL Premier Division Great Lakes Conference playoffs this past weekend with a two game sweep over the Columbus Mavericks. On Friday, the Cherokee skated to a 9-2 win on home ice and wrapped up the series on Saturday in Columbus with a 10-2 victory.

“Our guys played well over the weekend and deserved to win the series, we were able to score on the power-play Saturday night which helped us get the win.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Cherokee will now take on the Pittsburgh Vengeance in a three game series beginning Thursday March 5th at 7:20PM on the road before returning to the Team Toledo Ice House on Friday March 6th. Face off is set for 7:00PM

If there is a game three in the series, it will be played on Sunday March 8th in Pittsburgh at 2:50PM

“Our group is well aware that we will have to be at our best in order to be successful in this next series, Pittsburgh is a good hockey club and we will have to have our “A” if we are going to win.” Added Miller

The winner of the series will advance to the USPHL National Championship Tournament in Boston MA which begins on Thursday March 12th.

Fans unable to attend the games this weekend 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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REESE BOEHME COMMITS TO TRINE UNIVERSITY

(FORWARD WILL PLAY FOR ACHA TEAM)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that Reese Boehme has committed to attend and play hockey at Trine University next season.

The Temperance MI native is in his second season with the Cherokee and has suited up in every game the past two years for the Tribe.  He has appeared in eighty-eight games scoring nine goals and adding nine assists for a total on eighteen points.

“Reese is a hard working player that has been a great team guy for us for the past two seasons, his game has improved a lot since he joined our program and we are very happy for him and his family that they decided on Trine University.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

Trine University is located in Angola Indiana has features a brand new state of the art ice arena on campus.

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

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ZETH STELMASZAK CALLED UP TO NCDC

(JOINS CONNECTICUT JUNIOR RANGERS)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier division are proud to announce that rookie forward Zeth Stelmaszak has been called up to the NCDC to suit up with the Connecticut Junior Rangers.

Stelmaszak is in his first season with the Cherokee and has played in all forty-two games scoring fifteen goals and adding twenty assists for thirty-five points.

“Zeth is a very good young prospect that has a knack for scoring but he also is learning to play a 200 foot game, we are very happy for him and his family to earn the opportunity to go up there and show the NCDC what he can do.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The 17-year-old Temperance MI native is expected to spend time in the NCDC before returning to Toledo for the Cherokee’s playoff run.

“This can only help his game and get him ready for the playoffs here in Toledo, he will come back ready to go for us as we try to earn a spot at the National Tournament.” Added Miller

The National Collegiate Development Conference is a 13-team tuition-free junior hockey league entirely located in the Northeastern United States. The League and all of its teams are fully united and dedicated to the mission of player development and advancement to college.

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

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CHEROKEE TO HOST ANNUAL “SAP” NIGHT

(THIS SATURDAY VS. COLUMBUS)

Toledo OH:      The Toledo Cherokee will host the fifth annual “Sap Game” this Saturday February 1st when they play host to the Columbus Mavericks. Face off is set for 7:00PM.

Ken “Sap” Miller was co-owner of the Team Toledo Ice House as well as President of the Toledo Cherokee Junior hockey team. Sap as he was known by everyone whoever met him passed away five years ago. The Cherokee continue to honor him every season.

The team will be giving away FREE “SAP” t-shirts for paid customers until they are gone as well as holding a 50/50 drawing and other events throughout the evening. All proceeds will go to the “SAP Memorial Foundation” which helps local youths with tuition to either GTAHA’s Learn to Skate Program or the ADM Program.

All GTAHA players will receive FREE admission by wearing a CHEROKEE jersey to the game.

The Cherokee will also present the annual “SAP” Memorial Award at the game. The award goes to a special person within the Cherokee organization past or present that has showed support towards the organization by volunteering or as a member of the Cherokee staff. This year’s award winner will receive the honor on the ice prior to puck drop.

“This game means a lot to our organization as well as my family, Sap was not only a great man who I think about every day and I know he would be honored to know we are continuing to share his legacy every season with our Sap game.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

In his more than 30-year coaching career, Sap worked with teams including the Toledo Junior Storm, Toledo IceDiggers and our Toledo Cherokee. His love of hockey blossomed early, playing as a child with close friend Tony Parker. The pair later coached together. That love was passed down to his sons, whose teams Mr. Miller coached throughout their childhoods. Kelly played professional hockey with the Toledo Storm and now coaches the 2007 Toledo Cherokee team as well as the University of Toledo Club hockey team.

“He was a loyal guy,” Miller said, adding that his father built strong relationships with players and their families. “It showed in how much the kids at the rink meant to him.”

“He was a great ambassador for hockey in Toledo,” said Don Manders, vice president of the Greater Toledo Amateur Hockey Association and current President of the Cherokee. He met Sap when he coached his son Jake, who now helps coach youth hockey at the Ice House. “Sap was really invested in youth hockey, Manders said. He was a larger-than-life figure and not exactly a quiet guy.”

He would work into the wee hours, fixing items at the Ice House so it would be ready for young skaters in the morning.

“He had the mind-set that hockey is the greatest sport in the world,” Manders said. “He worked tirelessly for it.”

Please come out on this Saturday as the Cherokee honor Sap and make the push for first place in the USPHL Great Lakes Division Playoffs.

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

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CHEROKEE TO HOST ANNUAL “SAP” NIGHT

(SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1ST VS. COLUMBUS)

Toledo OH: The Toledo Cherokee are proud to announce that the fifth annual “Sap Game” will take place on Saturday February 1st when the Cherokee play host to the Columbus Mavericks. Face off is set for 7:00PM.

Ken “Sap” Miller was co-owner of the Team Toledo Ice House as well as President of the Toledo Cherokee Junior hockey team. Sap as he was known by everyone whoever met him passed away five years ago. The Cherokee continue to honor him every season.

The team will be giving away FREE “SAP” t-shirts for paid customers until they are gone as well as holding a 50/50 drawing and other events throughout the evening. All proceeds will go to the “SAP Memorial Foundation” which helps local youths with tuition to either GTAHA’s Learn to Skate Program or the ADM Program.

All GTAHA players will receive FREE admission by wearing a CHEROKEE jersey to the game.

The Cherokee will also present the annual “SAP” Memorial Award at the game. The award goes to a special person within the Cherokee organization past or present that has showed support towards the organization by volunteering or as a member of the Cherokee staff. This year’s award winner will receive the honor on the ice prior to puck drop.

“This game means a lot to our organization as well as my family, Sap was not only a great man who I think about every day and I know he would be honored to know we are continuing to share his legacy every season with our Sap game.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

In his more than 30-year coaching career, Sap worked with teams including the Toledo Junior Storm, Toledo IceDiggers and our Toledo Cherokee. His love of hockey blossomed early, playing as a child with close friend Tony Parker. The pair later coached together. That love was passed down to his sons, whose teams Mr. Miller coached throughout their childhoods. Kelly played professional hockey with the Toledo Storm and now coaches the 2007 Toledo Cherokee team as well as the University of Toledo Club hockey team.

“He was a loyal guy,” Miller said, adding that his father built strong relationships with players and their families. “It showed in how much the kids at the rink meant to him.”

“He was a great ambassador for hockey in Toledo,” said Don Manders, vice president of the Greater Toledo Amateur Hockey Association and current President of the Cherokee. He met Sap when he coached his son Jake, who now helps coach youth hockey at the Ice House. “Sap was really invested in youth hockey, Manders said. He was a larger-than-life figure and not exactly a quiet guy.”

He would work into the wee hours, fixing items at the Ice House so it would be ready for young skaters in the morning.

“He had the mind-set that hockey is the greatest sport in the world,” Manders said. “He worked tirelessly for it.”

Please come out on February 1st as the Cherokee honor Sap and make the push for first place in the USPHL Great Lakes Division Playoffs.

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

#ROLLTRIBE

#SAPPYSTRONG


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