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TOLEDO CHEROKEE TO HOST PROSPECT SKATE

The Toledo Cherokee will have a prospect skate at the Team Toledo Ice House Monday April 12th at 7:00PM.

Any player interested in attending please contact Head Coach Kenny Miller at 906-458-2897 or kmiller@macombgroup.com or Director of Player Personnel/Assistant Coach Nic Saenz at 419-460-0677 or nic.saenz02@gmail.com

Each skate will cost $15.00 per skater.

Monday April 12th 7:00PM

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TIM ORGAN TO ATTEND TRINE UNIVERSITY

(TEMPERANCE MI NATIVE WILL JOIN NCAA DIII TEAM NEXT SEASON)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference is proud to announce that Tim Organ will attend and play hockey at Trine University. The Cherokee defensemen will join the NCAA DIII team next season.

The 20 year old joined the Cherokee during this season and skated in twenty-eight games scoring ten goals and assisting on twenty-eight for thirty-eight points. Organ suited up in five playoff games and had five assists.

“Timmy came back to us in the middle of the season and when he came in he made an immediate impact on our blue line, he is a guy that defends real well and also has great offensive ability.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “He has worked hard to earn this spot and I am very happy for him and his family.”

Organ joins Drew Welsch and Zeth Stelmaszak (2022) as members of the 2020-2021 the Cherokee to commit to Trine University.

Trine University NCAA DIII team competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and is located in Angola Indiana. The university 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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WOW what a season it was, to be able to take this group to the Nationals was so 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.

I knew we were going to have a good team but you made this season one of the best I have coached, the way you played all year is something to be proud of.

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 33 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 eight twenty-year olds, Drew, Matt, Timmy, Higgy, Steven, Caleb, Jake, and Nate 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,Freddy, Doc, Bill, Zeke, Ivan, Ryan and Jeff 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.

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.  

Even though our season didn’t end the way we had hoped with a Championship we can be proud that we were one of sixteen teams to play in the Nation Championship tournament.

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 are back at the tournament next season.

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

Coach Miller

 

DREW WELSCH TO ATTEND TRINE UNIVERSITY

(FORWARD WILL SKATE FOR NCAA DIII TEAM NEXT SEASON)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference is proud to announce that Drew Welsch will attend and play hockey at Trine University. The Cherokee forward will join the NCAA DIII team next season.

The Trenton MI native joined the Cherokee during this season and skated in twenty-seven games scoring twenty-one goals and adding fourteen assists for a total of thirty- five points.

“Drew is a game changer he has top level speed and I am confident he will be successful at the collegiate level.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “He is a guy that leads by example, he came to us midseason and stepped right in after Christmas and took on a leadership role.”

The twenty-year old spent two seasons in the GOJHL prior to joining the Cherokee.

“I am happy for Drew and this family, Trine is not only getting a great player but also a really good kid that will be very successful in life when he is done with school.” Added Miller

Welsch joins Zeth Stelmaszak (Trine 2022) as members of this year’s team to commit to college.  Welsch and his teammates head to Hampton Roads VA this week to compete in the USPHL Nationals.

Trine University NCAA DIII team competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and is located in Angola Indiana. The university 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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CHEROKEE ADVANCE TO USPHL NATIONALS

(HEADING TO HAMPTON ROADS VA)

Toledo OH:          The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Great Lakes Division have advanced to the USPHL National Tournament this coming weekend in Hampton Roads VA.

The Cherokee swept the Pittsburgh Vengeance in two games over the weekend by a score of 7-1 on Friday and 3-1 on Saturday to advance.

Toledo will travel to Virginia this week to play a three game round robin in pool play D. The winner of the pool will advance to the semifinals on Sunday evening. With the USPHL Premier final on Monday afternoon.

“Our guys have worked hard to get to this point and realize we still have unfinished business, our goal is to go down there and play our best and see where the chips fall.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Cherokee will open the tournament on Thursday March 18th with a contest against the Minnesota Moose face off is set for 3:40PM. Toledo will then take on the Fresno Monsters on Friday the 19th at 10:40AM. The Tribe will wrap up pool play on Saturday evening when they play the Carolina Jr. Canes at 9:10PM. All games are EST.

“We know the teams we will be playing have had great years to get to this point so we are going to have to be on our game to have success.” Added Miller

 Fans unable to attend the National Championship 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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ZETH STELMASZAK COMMITS TO TRINE UNIVERSITY

(FORWARD WILL SUIT UP FOR NCAA DIII TEAM IN FALL OF 2022)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that Zeth Stelmaszak has committed to attend and play hockey at Trine University. The Cherokee forward will join the NCAA DIII team when he arrives on campus in the fall of 2022.

The Temperance MI native has spent the past two seasons with the Cherokee and has played in eighty-six games scoring twenty-six goals and adding fifty-nine assists for eighty-five points.

“I am extremely proud of Zeth, he has put in the work it takes to play at the collegiate level and that hard work has paid off with this commitment.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “He will be ready to play at that level when he leaves the Cherokee.”

Stelmaszak grew up playing in the Toledo Cherokee organization with GTAHA as a youngster.

“Zeth has been a member of GTAHA since he was little so to see this pay off for him is very satisfying for me as his coach, I am very happy for him and is family.” Added Miller

Trine University NCAA DIII team competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association and is located in Angola Indiana. The university 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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CHEROKEE SET TO HONOR 20-YEAR OLDS SATURDAY NIGHT

(HOST WOOSTER OILERS)

Toledo OH:           The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Great Lakes Conference will honor the eight 20-year old members of the team in a special on ice pre-game ceremony Saturday night when the Cherokee play host to the Wooster Oilers at 7:00PM at the Team Toledo Ice House.

Saturday’s game will be the final home game of the regular season.

The Cherokee will travel to Wooster on Sunday afternoon to finish out the home and home with the Oilers. Face off is set for 3:30PM.

On Saturday evening, the following players will be recognized by the organization.

7 Nate Brown (Sheffield Hts. OH) is a two-year defenseman that has played in 56 games scoring 2 goals with 9 assists for 11 points for the Cherokee.

8 Brendan Higgins (South Rockwood MI) is in his second season with the Cherokee and third overall in the USPHL he has skated in 101 games with 44 goals and 53 assists for 97 points.

9 Jake Ruehle (Sylvania OH) another second year defenseman has played in 72 games scoring 7 goals and assisting on 17 for 24 points.

12 Matt Snyder (Waterville OH) returned to the Cherokee after taking last year off and has played in 65 games with 13 goals and 25 assists for 38 points.

19 Drew Welsch (Trenton MI) joined the team this season and has played in 25 games scoring 20 goals and adding 13 assists for 33 points.

29 Steven Prati (Petersburg MI) is a 1st year member of the Cherokee and has a record of 2-0-0 in 134 minutes of play this season in goal.

75 Timmy Organ (Lambertville MI) returned midway thru the season and has played in a total of 42 games for the Cherokee scoring 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points on the backend.

89 Caleb Williams (Genoa OH) has been a member of the Cherokee for four total seasons and has played in 121 games scoring 32 goals with 60 assists for 92 points.

“I have really enjoyed coaching this group during their time here with the Cherokee, they are a big reason we have had so much success the last two years .I am proud of each one of them and I am very confident they will do amazing things when they leave our program at the end of the season.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Cherokee have earned a 1st round bye in the USPHL playoffs and will play the winner of the Pittsburgh Vengeance and Wooster Oilers in the 2nd round the weekend of March 12th thru the 14th. Dates and times will be announced in the next week.

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

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