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GOALTENDER JACK LUNDKVIST SIGNS WITH CHEROKEE

(STOCKHOLM SWEDEN NATIVE WILL ENTER FIRST SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of goaltender Jack Lundkvist for the 2020-2021 season.

The Stockholm Sweden native spent last season in the USPHL Mid-West Division with the Dells Ducks. Prior to coming to the United States Lundkvist skated with the Aik Harnosand J20 Elite Team.

“Jack is a kid that played in the USPHL last season and seen a lot of pucks on a nightly basis and was still was able to put up good numbers, as a twenty year old we expect him to come in and make an impact right away.” Said head coach Kenny Miller. “He is a kid that will work hard every day on his craft so he can play at the next level.”

Lundkvist joins Tyler Fox (F), Bryce Davis (F), Caleb Williams (F), Ondrej Dupal (F), Mitchell Dickman (F), Jake Ruehle (D), Nate Brown (D), Jimmy Roberts (F), Michael Bushell (D), Carter Minch (D), Mason Snyder (G), Seth Orozco (D) and Steven Yeiser (G) as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings.

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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STEVEN YEISER SIGNS WITH CHEROKEE

(WILL ENTER FIRST SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of goaltender Steven Yeiser for the 2020-2021 season.

The 2003 birth year net minder is from Fort Wayne IN and suited up for the Fort Wayne Vipers last season with recently signed Carter Minch and Michael Bushell and had a record of 12-0-2 with a .933 save percentage. 

“Steven is a young guy that will be able to take advantage of the many hours of practice at the junior level and being able to work directly with our goaltending coach Matt Wierzba as he develops as the year goes along, we are happy to have on board for the upcoming season.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

Steven joins Tyler Fox (F), Bryce Davis (F), Caleb Williams (F), Ondrej Dupal (F), Mitchell Dickman (F), Jake Ruehle (D), Nate Brown (D), Jimmy Roberts (F), Michael Bushell (D), Carter Minch (D), Mason Snyder (G) and Seth Orozco (D) as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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TOLEDO CHEROKEE LOOKING FOR BILLET FAMILIES

(2020-21 SEASON)

The Toledo Cherokee are looking for billet families for the upcoming season 2020-2021. A Billet Family opens their home to selected players in order to give them a safe and stable environment while they are away from their own homes.  Our players are between ages 16 and 20.  For many of them this is the first time away from home, making it essential that they are comfortable with who they are staying with.  We would like to have many options when placing our players with a family.  Most players have transportation of their own and if they do not we place them with another player who does.  The players must be going to school or working.

The players will arrive in early September and stay until the middle of March.

Billet families receive a stipend each month of $325.00 from each player they are housing to help offset the additional food and utility expenses of the household.

If you would be interested in additional information in becoming a Billet Family, please email General Manager/Head Coach Kenny Miller at kmiller@macombgroup.com or Vice President/Director of Finance Carey Manders at cmanders2@bex.net.

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KIERAN O’CONNELL COMMITS TO U OF M DEARBORN

(ALLEN PARK MI NATIVE WILL SKATE WITH ACHA TEAM)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that Kieran O’Connell has committed to the University of Michigan Dearborn to suit up for the Wolverines.

The Allen Park MI native spent two seasons with the Cherokee suiting up in a total eighty-five games scoring seven goals and adding thirty-three assists for forty points. He also had four game winning goals during his time with the Cherokee.

“Kieran played a huge role in helping turn this program around in two seasons, he was a guy that logged a lot of minutes for us and we are going to miss him on our blue-line.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Wolverines compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference ACHA DI and have several USPHL alumni on the roster. O’Connell joins teammate Blake Petterle on campus next season.

“I am very happy for OC and his family; he is a great kid that will do great things in life after hockey.” Added Miller

Kieran joins Petterle, Matt Gilbert (Anna Maria College) and Reese Boehme (Trine University) as players that have committed to college for next season from the 2019-2020 roster.  

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

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SETH OROZCO TO SUIT UP FOR CHEROKEE

(DEFENSEMEN ENTERS 1ST SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of first year defensemen Seth Orozco for the 2020 -2021 season.

The Sylvania OH native spent last season with the Northview Wildcats High School team. In thirty-two games, he tallied four goals and added twenty-six assists for thirty points.

The 6’0 165 lbs. was a teammate of recently signed forward Jimmy Roberts where both players were an integral part on the Wildcats earning a berth in the District final game this past season.

“Seth is a very good skating defenseman that will come in and make an immediate impact on our blue-line; he is a guy we have had on our radar since last summer.” Said head coach Kenny Miller. “The Northview HS program has produced several Cherokee players over the past two or three seasons and Seth is another example of a player wanting to play at the next level in his hometown and we are very excited to have him suit up for the Cherokee this season.”

Seth joins Tyler Fox (F), Bryce Davis (F), Caleb Williams (F), Ondrej Dupal (F), Mitchell Dickman (F), Jake Ruehle (D), Nate Brown (D), Jimmy Roberts (F), Michael Bushell (D), Carter Minch (D) and Mason Snyder (G) as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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GOALTENDER SNYDER RETURNS FOR CHEROKEE

(SYLVANIA NATIVE ENTERS THIRD SEASON FOR TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the resigning of goaltender Mason Snyder for the upcoming season.

The Sylvania OH native played in 24 games and had a record of 13-7-0 he also recorded 4 shutouts during the season. Snyder finished the year with .901 save percentage. He also played in 3 playoff games for the Cherokee winning 2 and losing 1.

“Mason had a really good season for us last year and as a veteran guy he will not only provide leadership at the goal position but also in the dressing room.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “As a 20 year-old we expect him to continue to be a big contributor to our hockey club this season.”

Snyder enters his third season as a member of the Cherokee.

Mason joins Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams, Ondrej Dupal, Mitchell Dickman, Jake Ruehle, Nate Brown, Jimmy Roberts, Michael Bushell and Carter Minch as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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CARTER MINCH SIGNS WITH CHEROKEE

(ENTERS 1ST SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of defensemen Carter Minch for the 2020-2021 season.

Minch is the second Fort Wayne IN native to join the Cherokee for the upcoming season; he joins teammate Michael Bushell who signed earlier this week with the Cherokee. The 2002 birth year skated with the Fort Wayne Vipers last season where he suited up in nineteen games and he scored three goals and added twelve assists for fifteen points.

“Carter is a kid who came to camp last year but wanted to finish high school before he made the jump to juniors.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “He is a really good skating defensemen that has a good skill set for his age that will come in and develop under our coaching staff.”

Minch joins Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams, Ondrej Dupal, Mitchell Dickman, Jake Ruehle, Nate Brown, Jimmy Roberts and Bushell as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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MICHAEL BUSHELL SIGNS WITH CHEROKEE

(ENTERS 1ST SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of first year defensemen Michael Bushell for the 2020-2021 season.

The Fort Wayne IN native spent last season with the Fort Wayne Vipers where he suited up for twenty-nine games and scored six goals and added thirteen assists for nineteen points.

“Michael is a player that (Director of Player Personnel) Nic Saenz and (Midwest Region Scout) Mike Downey have been in contact with since last summer about coming to Toledo and playing for our team, so for him to commit to our organization shows the work we are putting in to have a solid roster for the upcoming season.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “We expect Michael to come in and adjust to junior hockey and help us on the defensive side of the puck.”

Bushell joins Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams, Ondrej Dupal, Mitchell Dickman, Jake Ruehle, Nate Brown and Jimmy Roberts as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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MATT GILBERT COMMITS TO ANNA MARIA COLLEGE

(JOINS NCAA DIII TEAM)

Toledo OH:         The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier division of the Great Lakes Conference are proud to announce that forward Matt Gilbert has committed to Anna Maria College to play at the NCAA DIII level.

The Wyandotte MI native played two seasons for the Cherokee suiting up in 87 games scoring 28 goals and adding 42 assists for a total of 70 points. In this year’s playoff’s Gilbert dressed in 4 games and scored 1 goal and assisted on 4 for a total of 5 points.

“Matt was a big part of our turnaround this season, he was one of only three 20-year olds on our roster and he played like a veteran all year long for us. He is a guy we counted on to play in every situation and he was able to put up great numbers for us in his two seasons with us.” Said head coach Kenny Miller

The Anna Maria Amcats play an Independent schedule at the NCAA DIII level.

“Not only is Anna Maria getting a really good hockey player but they are also getting a great kid that is very mature and ready for the challenge at the college level, I am happy for Matt and his family as he moves on in his hockey career.” Added Miller

Anna Maria College is a private catholic liberal arts college in Paxton Massachusetts.

Gilbert joins Blake Petterle (University of Michigan- Dearborn) and Reese Boehme (Trine University) as players that have committed to college for next season from the 2019-2020 roster.  

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

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JIMMY ROBERTS TO SUIT UP FOR CHEROKEE

(FORWARD ENTERS 1ST SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of first year forward Jimmy Roberts for the 2020 -2021 season.

The Sylvania OH native spent last season with the Northview Wildcats High School team. In thirty-two games, he tallied sixteen goals and added twenty-eight assists for forty-four points. Roberts was second on the team in scoring for the Wildcats.

The 5’11 155 lbs. forward was an integral part on the Wildcats earning a berth in the District final game this past season.

“Jimmy is a kid that I’ve seen grow up at the rink when he played his youth hockey in the Cherokee program and I am very excited for him to join our hockey club.” Said head coach Kenny Miller. “We expect Jimmy to come in and learn the junior game, he is a smart player that will adjust nicely to our team and make an impact for us right from the start of the season.”

Roberts joins Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams, Ondrej Dupal, Mitchell Dickman, Jake Ruehle and Nate Brown as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings.

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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NATE BROWN RETURNS TO CHEROKEE

(OHIO NATIVE BACK FOR 2ND SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the return of defensemen Nate Brown for the 2020-2021 season.

The Sheffield OH native dressed in 34 games for the Cherokee scoring 1 goal and adding 5 assists for 6 points. The big defensemen was a physical force on the blue line all year for Toledo.

“Nate had to adjust to the junior game last season and as the year went on he really improved his game, he is a great team guy that we are excited to get back again this year.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “We expect Nate to be a leader in the dressing room and have a big impact on our younger guys this year.”

Brown joins, Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams, Ondrej Dupal, Mitchell Dickman and Jake Ruehle as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings.

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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JAKE RUEHLE RESIGNS WITH CHEROKEE

(ENTERS 2ND SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are proud to announce the signing of second year defensemen Jake Ruehle for the 2020-2021 season.

The Sylvania OH native spent last season last season playing defense for the Cherokee where he suited up in 37 games scoring 4 goals and assisting on 9 for a total of 13 points. He also dressed in 4 playoff games where he scored 2 goals and had 2 assists for 4 points.

“Jake had a really good season for us last year, his game improved as the year went on and we expect him to be even better this season now that he has a year of juniors under his belt.” Said head coach Kenny Miller  

Ruehle joins, Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams, Ondrej Dupal, and Mitchell Dickman as players committed to the Cherokee for the 2019-2020 season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings.

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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MITCHELL DICKMAN RETURNS TO CHEROKEE

(WILL ENTER SECOND SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the resigning of forward Mitchell Dickman for the 2020-2021. season.

The Clyde OH native spent the 2019-2020 season as a defensemen for the Cherokee where he suited up in 40 games and scored 2 goals and assisted on 5 others for a total of 7 points.

“Mitch is the ultimate team guy, last year he played both defense and forward for us and did a really god job for us.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “We are going to use Mitch as a forward during the upcoming season and we expect him to play a major role for us, I am very excited to have Mitch back in our lineup this year.”

Dickman joins, Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis, Caleb Williams and Ondrej Dupal as players committed to the Cherokee for the upcoming season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings.

“Our staff is continuing to resign and add players that are not only good on the ice but high character people as well and Mitch fits that mold for us.” Added Miller

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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ONDREJ DUPAL TO RETURN FOR CHEROKEE

(FORWARD ENTERS FIRST FULL SEASON WITH TRIBE)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the return of forward Ondrej Dupal for next season.

Dupal joined the Cherokee during the holiday break and suited up in 12 games scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists for 3 points. In 4 playoff games the Liberec Czech Republic native scored 2 goals and assisted on 2 others for 4 points.

“Ondrej came in halfway thru the year and had to adjust to the junior game and as he did that his game started to come together, he is a guy that has top level speed and when he gets going he is hard to play against.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “We expect him to be a top 6 guy for us and help our team achieve our goal of getting to the National tournament.”

Dupal started last season with Belle Tire AAA U-18 before coming to the Cherokee.

Ondrej joins Tyler Fox, Bryce Davis and Caleb Williams as players committed to the Cherokee for the 2019-2020 season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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CALEB WILLIAMS RETURNS TO CHEROKEE

(FORWARD BRINGS EXPERIENCE TO LINE-UP)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the return of forward Caleb Williams for the 2020-2021 season.  

The Genoa OH native dressed in 43 games for the Cherokee last season scoring 9 goals and adding 18 assists for a total of 27 points. Williams was a member of the Cherokee during the 2017-18 season where he scored 4 goals and added 5 assists for 9 points in 42 games.

“Caleb is a very skilled player that has the ability to put up points every-time he is on the ice, as a veteran player we will count on him to have a big impact on this year’s team.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “As a 20-year old he understands that this is an important year for him and as a coaching staff we will do everything possible to prepare him for the next level.”

Williams joins, Tyler Fox and Bryce Davis as players committed to the Cherokee for the 2019-2020 season. Please check the Cherokee website for more player signings.

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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BRYCE DAVIS BACK WITH CHEROKEE NEXT SEASON

(FORWARD LED TEAM IN PENALTY MINUTES)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the return of forward Bryce Davis for next season.

The Elmore OH, native dressed in 38 games scoring 11 goals added 15 assists for a total of 26 points. Davis led the Cherokee in penalty minutes with 114 on the year.

“Bryce is an ultimate competitor, he plays hard very shift and is the kind of guy that you love having on your team but hate playing against.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “I expect him to have a really good season and build off of last year’s success.”

Davis will once again be an alternate captain for the Cherokee this year. “Bryce is a guy that leads by example out of the ice and will he will also be counted on to be one of the leaders in the dressing room this upcoming season.” Added Miller

Davis joins Tyler Fox as players committed to the Cherokee for next season.

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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TYLER FOX RETURNS TO CHEROKEE FOR 3RD SEASON

(FORWARD WILL WEAR ‘C’ THIS SEASON)

Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are proud to announce that forward Tyler Fox will return for a 3rd season with the Tribe.

The Marshall MI native had a breakout season this past year suiting up in forty games scoring twenty-two goals and adding twenty-four assists for forty-six points. In two seasons with the Cherokee Fox has a total of thirty goals and thirty-eight assists for sixty-eight points in eighty-four career games.

“Tyler was great for us last year and we are excited to get him back for another year as he tries to reach his goal of playing college hockey.” Said head coach Kenny Miller “Our coaching staff is hard at work trying to make sure we continue to have the right players play for our organization and when you get a guy like Tyler back in the mix it just shows we are headed in the right direction.”

Miller also announced that Fox will be the Captain for the Cherokee during the 2020-2021 season. “Tyler is a guy that leads on and off the ice as well as in the weight room and will be a great captain for us, he has all the intangibles it takes to be a captain and I am excited to work with him on daily basis as captain of the Toledo Cherokee.”  Added Miller

The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on player signings please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com

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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 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 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

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2020-2021 TRYOUTS POSTPONED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toledo Cherokee are postponing tryouts.

We feel it’s important to make the health and safety of all our players and families the top priority. As a result, we are going to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State and Local Government. 

This is NOT a cancellation as we will send out more information as soon as we know when we will be able to conduct tryouts. 

We will keep all of you informed and look forward to seeing you soon.

Toledo Cherokee Management 


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