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TOLEDO CHEROKEE ANNOUNCE MAIN CAMP DATES

(FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH THRU SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the clubs main camp will be held Friday August 12th thru Sunday August 14th at the Team Toledo Ice House located at 1258 W. Alexis Road in Toledo Ohio.

Cost for the three-day camp will be $200.00 and each player will get a four game guarantee with the All Star game on Sunday.

“Our staff is excited to see the talent at this year’s main camp, this year’s camp will be very important to find the right players to continue our success as an organization.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

Registration is now open on the Cherokee website at www.cherokeehockey.com

Goalie positions will be cut off at eight. Any goalies requesting to attend after that will be put on a waiting list.

Players will need to download the attached tryout application and email with payment info to either head coach Kenny Miller at kmiller@macombgroup.com or Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach Nic Saenz at nic.saenz02@gmail.com

The Toledo Cherokee finished the 2021-2022 season with a record of 40-7-0-3 overall and went to the USPHL National Championship for the second year in a row.

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DOMINIK MCNAMARA RETURNING TO CHEROKEE

(DEFENSEMAN WILL ENTER 3RD SEASON)

The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference is proud to announce that Dominik McNamara will return for his third season with the club.

The Gibraltar MI native played in 39 games last season scoring 4 goals and adding 11 assists for 15 points. In 77 career games McNamara has 6 goals 24 assists for 30 points and total of 230 penalty minutes.

“Our coaching staff is very excited Dom has decided to play another year with the Cherokee, he is a really good defensemen that has logged a lot of minutes for us these past two years and we expect him to do the same again this season. He is a guy we are going to count on to take a bigger leadership role with our team as he plays his age out season.” Said head Coach Kenny Miller

McNamara joins, Nicklas Millhorn (Brownstown MI) Hunter Hatcher (Westland MI), Ryan Stanley (Trenton MI) and Frank Murphy (Toronto ON) as members that have signed for the 2022-2023 season.

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

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KIERAN CARLILE TO ATTEND SAGINAW VALLEY   

(FORWARD TO PLAY FOR ACHA TEAM)

 

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that Kieran Carlile has committed to attend and play hockey at Saginaw Valley  State University next season.

The Hartland MI native played one season for the Cherokee playing in 42 games scoring 11 goals and assisting on 37 for a total of 48 points.  

“Kieran came in as a 20 year old and showed why he was heavily recruited by a lot of teams to play his age out year, he was a guy we could count on to play in every situation and what impressed me most about Kieran last year was his work ethic, he practiced just as hard as he played in the games and as a coach you can’t ask for much more than that.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “Saginaw Valley is getting a great kid that will be a huge asset to their program.”

Carlile joins Gavin Uckele (Grand Canyon University) Vincent Servizzi (Alvernia University), David Crandall (University of Toledo), Caleb Kneiding (Grand Valley State) Nick Bernstein (Chatham), Greg Obrycki (Adrian) and Zeth Stelmaszak (Trine) as members from the 2021-2022 Cherokee roster to commit to college.

For more information on the Cherokee and future college announcements please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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RYAN STANLEY RETURNING TO CHEROKEE

(TRENTON NATIVE WILL ENTER 2ND SEASON)

The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that Ryan Stanley will return for his second season with the club.

The Trenton MI native played in 42 games last season scoring 5 goals and adding 32 assists for 37 points.

“Ryan is a guy that is going to be a big part of our team again this year, he came in last season and played really well for us, we are excited to have him back with us for another season.” Said head Coach Kenny Miller

Stanley joins, Nicklas Millhorn (Brownstown MI), Frank Murphy (Toronto ON) and Hunter Hatcher (Westland MI) as members that have signed for the 2022-2023 season.

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

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HUNTER HATCHER RESIGNS WITH CHEROKEE

(DEFENSEMAN WILL ENTER 2ND SEASON)

The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference is proud to announce that Hunter Hatcher will return for his second season with the team

The Westland MI native suited up in 34 games and had 10 assists for the Cherokee during the 2021-2022 season.

“Hunter is a guy we need in our lineup every night, he is a really good skating defensemen that can defend well in our end and when we need a puck to get out he can use his legs and really get going, I am very happy Hatch is back for another season of Cherokee hockey.” Said head Coach Kenny Miller

Hatcher joins, Nicklas Millhorn (Brownstown MI) and Frank Murphy (Toronto ON) as members that have signed for the 2022-2023 season.

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

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CHEROKEE SIGN FRANK MURPHY

(NETMINDER ENTERS 2ND SEASON IN USPHL)

The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce the signing of goaltender Frank Murphy for the 2022-2023 season.

The Toronto ON native spent last season with the Columbus Mavericks in the USPHL where we played in 19 games and posted a record of 13-3-0-0-1 he finished the year with a 1.80 goals against average and a 940 save percentage.

“Frank is a guy that we know well having played against us last year in the division, he is very athletic and moves well for a big guy. We are happy to have him in a Cherokee jersey this season.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The 6’2 180 lb. goaltender is excited about coming to Toledo.

“I chose Toledo because I feel I can advance my hockey career with the help and resources of the organization.” Said Murphy “I am really looking forward to playing in the Ice House, I loved playing in it as a member of the away team and I can only imagine what it is going to be like as member of the home team.”

Murphy joins forward Nicklas Millhorn (Brownstown MI) as players that have committed to the Cherokee for the 2022-2023 season.

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

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NICKLAS MILLHORN BACK WITH CHEROKEE

(FORWARD WILL ENTER 2ND SEASON)

The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that Nicklas Millhorn will return for a second season.

The Brownstown MI native played in forty-three games during the regular season scoring thirty-one goals and assisted on seventeen for forty-eight points. In two playoff games Millhorn scored two goals and added one assist for three points.

In four games at the USPHL Nationals he scored two goals and assisted on three for s total of five points.

“Having Nicklas return for his age out year is big for our hockey club, he came in last year and really added a scoring punch that we needed, he is a guy that works hard every day and we expect him to be a great leader for our group this upcoming season.” said head coach Kenny Miller

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

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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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