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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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CHEROKEE OPEN 1ST ROUND PLAYOFF SERIES FRIDAY

HOST COLUMBUS IN GAME ONE AND THREE (IF NECESSARY)

Toledo OH:          The Toledo Cherokee open the USPHL Great Lakes Division playoffs this weekend when they host game one against the Columbus Mavericks on Friday night at the Team Toledo Ice House. Face off is set for 7:30PM

The two teams will then travel to Columbus on Saturday for game two at the Chiller North Ice Arena in Lewis Center Ohio. Puck will drop at 8:40PM

“Our guys are excited to get the playoffs started; it has been two years since we’ve played in the postseason so we are really looking forward to getting on the ice Friday night.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

If game three is necessary it will be played back at the Team Toledo Ice House on Sunday evening March 1st at 7:30PM.

The winner of this series will take on the Pittsburgh Vengeance in round two. The Vengeance are the two seed in the Great Lakes Division playoffs and earned a first round bye.

This year’s Cherokee team had the biggest turnaround in franchise history winning thirty-one games after only winning thirteen games in the 2018-19 season.

“This team worked hard all year and was able to win a lot of games, our coaching staff is very proud of the effort and the results we had in the regular season but we all know we need to win in the playoffs for this to be a really special season for our group.” Added Miller

Second year forward Bailey Byrd (Wyandotte MI) finished the season as the top point producer for the Cherokee with twenty-five goals and twenty-six assists for fifty-one points. Goaltender Chad Simmerman (Sinking Springs PA) ended the regular season with seventeen wins and five losses for the Tribe.

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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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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