TOLEDO CHEROKEE HOME FRIDAY NIGHT
(HOST THE LANSING WOLVES THEN TRAVEL TO LANSING ON SATURDAY)
Toledo OH: The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference return action this Friday night when they play host to the Lansing Wolves at the Team Toledo Ice House. Face off is set for 7:00PM.
The two teams will then wrap up the two game set on Saturday in Lansing. Puck will drop at 7:30PM
Toledo returns to the Ice House after being away since Friday November 22nd when they hosted these same Wolves and skated away with a 7-0 victory.
“It’s been a long time since we played at home so the guys are excited to get back and play in front of our families and fans as we head down the stretch here in late January.” Said head coach Kenny Miller
The Cherokee are coming off a weekend where they picked up two points by defeating the Columbus Mavericks by a score of 6-3 Saturday night in Columbus.
Toledo has nine games remaining in the regular season and seven of those will be on home ice. “We’ve played a lot of road games the last two months so for us to finish with seven of our last nine here at home will be good for us as we head into the playoffs.” Added Miller
Fans that are unable to attend the games this weekend can still catch all the action at www.hockeytv.com
For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com
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