Toledo Cherokee


Cherokee Alumni

NIK JOST(2006-2008)

Nik Jost joins UMBC in the fall of 2009.  Nik has been a great addition to our defensive core and has added a great offensive presence from the blue line totaling 2 goals and 20 assists in his first 16 games for the Retrievers.  Nik's future looks very bright in the ACHA and UMBC is very happy to have him be one of their leaders on the blue line.

TIM HURST(2007-2009)

Timmy has made an immediate impact in our Organization both on and off the ice..Thru 11 games he is currently our 2nd leading scorer with 15 pts. 6/9.. Locker room wise he has been a tremedous teammate and has  taken some of our 18 year old kids under his wing..ASU is off to it's best start in over a decade going 11-0 and currently ranked #12 in the ACHA..Tim has been a big part of that and we look forward to having him here for 4 years.  -Coach Goltz

J.C. GULCH(2005-2007)

J.C. Gulch is going to be attending Utica College this Fall and playing on the hockey team.  J.C. played in our youth program through Midget U-16 and played two years for our Junior program. 

Coach Heenan is excited about J.C. arriving at school... "We are extremely excited to have landed a high level recruit in JC Gulch. We expect JC to step in and add some offense to our back end. JC is an athlete, skates well, sees the ice very well and his commitment to the weight room will allow him to make an immediate impact in college hockey."

ROSS LANE(2006-2007)

Ross Lane(2006-2007) Bensenville, IL - A huge third-period comeback led to a big overtime win for the Robert Morris Gold Men's Hockey team when Ross Lane scored the game winner a little over a minute into the extra period, giving the Gold a 4-3 victory over Adrian College (MI) in the finale of the RMC ACHA Midwest Showcase on November 16, 2008, at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.

 LARRY WILLARD(2002-2005)

Former Toledo Cherokee Larry Willard shines at Elmira College! Former Toledo Cherokee player Larry Willard had an outstanding freshman year at Elmira College. Larry who played for the Toledo Cherokee in seasons 2002-2003 and 2004-2005 continued his prowess both on and off the ice.

Elmira College made it to the frozen four in this seasons NCAA Division III tournament and according to their coach Tim Ceglarski: "Larry Willard had a great first year for us, playing in all 29 games. The hard work and hustle that he demonstrated on day one continued throughout the year.

With a season of experience under his belt his confidence will grow and he will become an even more valuable component to our team. Away from the ice Larry made an impact on our campus as well. He was elected President of his Freshman Class, and he was also elected again to serve as President of his Sophomore Class next year. He is a member of the Army ROTC here on campus. He earned the highest GPA of any ROTC Cadet in this region with a 3.97 GPA. Larry is truly one of the special student athletes we have here at Elmira College." Congratulations to Larry and his Elmira team.

Tim Werner(2006-2007) NORTHLAND COLLEGE(NCAA DIVISION III) BEFORE NORTHLAND played for the Toledo Cherokee of the Central States Hockey League...he missed the first half of the season due to a serious injury, but was able to play in 15 games with one assist and 29 penalty minutes. PERSONAL: majoring in Natural Resources...son of Gary and Vickie...has a brother, Dan...born on December 22,1986


AJ JENSEN(2003-2005)

Former , Toledo Cherokee, A.J. Jensen who played for the Toledo Cherokee in the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons has joined the Wooster Warriors of the Mid-Atlantic Professional Hockey League.

His Coach, Matt McAlpin says: "A.J.'s work ethic is as good as anyones if ever seen. He is at the health club everyday and on the ice any chance he can. He is the most respectful player I've ever coached, on and off the ice. I use A.J.for alot of team appearances because I know he won't say or do the wrong thing for the team or the league. Their isn't a person in this town he has met that doesn't like him instantly. His play on the ice has helped us with being in second place in the league.He is tenacious on D and doesn't get beat one on one with any player in this league. That is why I think with a little more experience he will be in the East Coast or Central Hockey League sooner than later. A.J. is a great teamate and a super young man to coach and be around." Congratulations to A.J. and Good Luck to him as he continues his professional career.


BEN KITZMILLER(2003-2005) Temperance, MI Ben played with the Toledo Cherokee for two seasons where he helped guide the team to the Hurster Cup Finals and a bid in the USA Hockey National Championships. Ben has started his second season with the Alpena IceDiggers of the NAHL. Head Coach, Ken Miller says of Ben: "Ben has been our rock back on the blue line; he plays thirty minutes a game. Ben is going to make a Division I coach very happy when he moves on to the next level. He is everything we expected him to be this season and more. He is one of our assistant captains."

08/24/07 Ben Kitzmiiler Accepts Offer To Lakers! Immediate Release 8-25-07 BEN KITZMILLER OFF TO LSSU (Lambertville MI native to attend this season) Alpena MI: Alpena IceDigger defensemen Ben Kitzmiller has been offered a athletic scholarship Lake Superior State University for the upcoming season. Ben played for the Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL during the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons. The Lambertville MI native was planning on returning to the IceDiggers for his third season but early last week was contacted by the staff at LSSU and offered a spot. "They contacted us and needed a guy to come in and play right away and Ben is more than ready to play and we couldn't be happier for him and his family." said 3rd year Head Coach Kenny Miller Kitzmiller helped guide the IceDiggers to the NAHL playoffs last year posting 13 goals and adding 19 assists for 32 points in 59 games.

NATE URBANIAK(2003-2006) Perrysburg, OH Nate played three seasons with the Toledo Cherokee where he helped the team to two Hurster Cup Finals and a USA Hockey National Championship final. He is in his second year with the Traverse City Northstars of the NAHL. Nate was tendered two years ago by Traverse City.

NAHL North Division Player of the Week November 26, 2007

Traverse City North Stars Traverse City forward Nate Urbaniak, who previously played for the Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL, tallied five goals and two assists last weekend as the North Stars fashioned a 1-2 record. On Wednesday, the 19-year-old recorded a hat trick and assisted on Harrison Niemann's game-winning goal in a 6-1 triumph over Alpena.

On Friday, the Perrysburg, Ohio, native notched a goal as the North Stars fell to Mahoning Valley, 6-3. The next night, Urbaniak scored another goal and an assist in another 6-3 loss to the Phantoms. He was also a plus-4 for the weekend. "Nate was our most dangerous player all week and has provided us with a consistent scoring threat," said North Stars coach-GM Anthony Palumbo. "He's also been very solid defensively."


PHILIP RAUCH(2003-2005) Lambertville, MI-Helena Bighorns(2005-2006 NAHL-Junior A); St. Louis Bandits(2006-2007 NAHL-JuniorA) Captain to Canisius Bandits defenseman and team captain Phil Rauch received a special gift this holiday season committing to Canisius College for the fall of 2007. Rauch will follow the footsteps of former Bandit Jason Weeks who is currently having a successful freshman season for the Griffins. "Phil has been a sensational leader both on and off the ice" said Bandits head coach Jon Cooper, "He never takes a shift off and continues to make big plays in the defensive end when we need them." Rauch is the 6th Bandit this season to receive a division 1 scholarship joining Pat Maroon (Ferris State), Trent Vogelhuber (Miami), Todd Pococke (Ferris State), Scooter Vaughan (Michigan) and Pat Nagle (Ferris State) in the college ranks. A new Phil Rauch Desktop has been added to our "Fans page".

LARRY WILLARD(2002-2005) Petersburg, MI-Helena Bighorns (2005-2006 NAHL-Junior A); Bay State Breakers(2006-2007 EJHL-Junior A)

JAKE HOLZEMER(2003-2004) Sylvania, OH-Bay State Breakers(2005-2007 EJHL-Junior A)

ADAM SNEAD(2003-2005) Sylvania, OH-Cleveland Barons(2005-2006 NAHL-Junior A); Mahoning Valley(2006-2007 NAHL-Junior A) Coach Bob Mainhardt says: " Adam is a talented hockey player, a great teammate, and a fine young man. He is experiencing a great deal Division I college interest and will without a doubt commit to Division I programs if they continue to work as hard as they have been. The Toledo Cherokee program should be very proud of his development."

DEVON BENIKE(2005-2006) Madison, WI-Weber State University(2006-2007 ACHA- Division 1)

ANDREW HESS(2005-2006) Bowling Green, OH-Walpole Express(2006-2007 AJHA-Junior A) Head Coach Chris Cerrella comments about Andrew: "Andrew is doing very well here for us here in Walpole. He is 3rd on our team in goals with 17 with 12 of those coming on the PP, and he is leading our team in PIM's with 80. He is being heavily recruited by a few SUNYAC schools. He is a big strong kid with a ton of upside and will be a great student athlete next year."

Andrew Hess commits to SUNYAC Fredonia Blue Devils

Express place six 06-07 players in college organizations Express PR :: Jr A March 9, 2007 The Walpole Express have been racking up the college commitments over the last few days. This time 6'6 235lb winger Andrew Hess will be taking the ice for the Fredonia Blue Devils in the SUNYAC. The Blue Devils are currently competing in the Div III Championships after defeating Oswego and Plattsburgh for the SUNYAC title. Hess finished the regular season with the Express scoring 22 goals with 10 helpers for 32 points. Most of his goals came on the Express Power-Play. "Hess has one of the hardest shots I have ever seen at the junior hockey level. I think it has got to be in the low 90's, maybe higher. He is a big, strong kid and I think he is going to be a good SUNYAC player. He is going to do a great job at Fredonia, hats off to the Fredonia staff they did a tremendous job staying on him throughout the season. They are getting themselves a good hockey player," said Chris Cerrella Head Coach. The Express have now raised the number of college commitments to six for the 2006-2007 season. "Our coaching staff has done a great job this season. We turned things around, we finished in second to last place in 2005-2006 and [this year] we were able to finish 3rd in our division this season. We have placed some good players in some good schools and we are still waiting for a few to finish the application process. It has been a successful season all around for the Express," said Rob Barletta GM.

PAUL GOFF (93-94) - "Well I can't believe its been over 10 years since I played for the Cherokee. After the Cherokee I played a couple more years of Juniors and then played 3 years at Arizona State (ACHA) and graduated in 2000. Then I joined the Air Force and went to flight school. I am currently in Charleston, SC flying C-17 Globemaster cargo planes and have flown missions to IRAQ and Afghanistan in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi freedom. Hope all is well with you all. Glad to hear the Cherokee are still going strong. "

MICHAEL MAJESTY(2004-2005) Chicago, IL-(2005-2006 New England College NCAA-Division III)

DAYNE BINN(1998-1999) Oregon, OH-(2005-Present Neumann College-NCAA-Division III) Player Bio: As a freshman in 2004-2005: Dayne was a mid-season transfer from conference rival Utica College...played in 10 games and recorded 6 goals and 6 assists...scored first goal as a Knight against SUNY Buffalo (1/14/05)...Recorded first hat-trick against SUNY Cortland (1/25/05). As a sophomore in 2005-2006: Dressed in 21 games recording 3 goals and 10 assists on the season...had a career high 3 assists against Lebanon Valley (1/20/06).

RYAN POTTS(1999-2001)Ft. Wayne, IN(2002-2006 Northland College) Player Bio: 2004/2005 Skated in 27 games...had 5 goals and 5 assists...added 1 power play goal and 1 short handed goal...2003/2004 Had career highs in goals with 15, assists with 13, points with 28...also had career high for power play goals with 5 and short handed goals with 3...first collegiate hat trick came on 2/08/04 against Minnesota-Crookston...2002/2003 Scored first collegiate goal in very first collegiate game on 11/01/02 against MSOE...had a total of 9 goals and 12 assists.


Nathan Arthurs (00-01) - Eastern Michigan ACHA

John Avink (95-96/96-97/97-98) - Coaching Western Michigan's club team

Nick Bassarab (99-00/00-01) - Ohio University ACHA

Nick Bilanow (98-99/99-00) - Ohio University ACHA

Todd Blaskowitz (01-02/02-03) - Ohio University ACHA

Larry Bryan (98-99/99-00/00-01) - Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island ECAC

Scott Cosentine (98-99) - Miami of Ohio (93-94) - a/o 11/03 - I am currently head coach at North Country College in Lake Placid, NY. I have had success with your league in bringing players in to this level. We play in the NJCAA and face teams like SUNY-Morrisville, Canton and Canadian Schools.

Rico Day (99-00/00-01) - Ohio University ACHA

Chris Dang,(99-00) University of California Berekely, PAC-8 All Star 2nd Team



Jason Deitsch (96-97) -Cincinnatti Cyclones(ECHL)

2005-06 Season: Played at Kalamazoo (UHL), where he was leading scorer on team that captured Colonial Cup...Collected 87 points (38-49-87) in 72 games, most by any rookie in league...Named to UHL's All-Rookie team...Had 25 multi-point games, including six games with three or more...Netted first pro hat trick in 7-3 win against Flint on Feb. 4...Gathered 37 points on power play (18-19-37)...Collected points in 20 consecutive games (17-19-36) from Feb. 18 through March 12...After being held without a point against Elmira, he put together another 13-game point scoring string (9-15-24)...Career: All-time leading scorer in St. Norbert College history with 184 points (64-120-184) in 122 games...St. Norbert posted a record of 101-13-10 record during career...2004-05: Named Division III All-America player, first three-time pick in St. Norbert history...Tied for Northern Collegiate Hockey Association scoring lead with 47 points (16-31-47)...Registered 14 multi-point games, highlighted by a four-point game (1-3-4) in 6-3 triumph vs. Lake Forest on Nov. 27...Had pair of two-goal games...2003-04: Netted 53 points (19-34-53) in 32 games, as St. Norbert lost in the NCAA Division III National Championship game, 1-0, in overtime...Had a league-best 19 multi-point games, including four-point (2-2-4) effort against Hamline on Nov. 15...NCHA's leading scorer with 53 points (19-34-53), twelve more than second place scorer...Gathered a league-best ten power play goals...2002-03: Gathered 53 points (19-34-53) in 31 games...Collected a league-best 14 multi-point games, highlighted by a five-point (2-3-5) performance vs. St. John's (MN) on Jan. 3.


Anthony Donskov (94-95) - Lubbock CHL

Adam Edinger (93-94) - Trenton ECHL/Hershey/Bridgport AHL/BLOOMINGTON PRAIRIE THUNDER(IHL)





Adam Fish (97-98/98-99/99-00) - CSHL Linesman

Paul Guthrie (99-00/00-01) - Ohio University ACHA

Zak Hernandez (98-99/99-00) - Ohio University ACHA

Donnie Holtz (00-01) - University of Arizona ACHA

Jon Jepson (97-98) - University of Connecticut ECAC

Nick Jurynec (94-95) - Is now in his 5th year of a 6 year PhD. program in neuroscience at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Vermont (Burlington) his freshman year then transferred to and graduated from Emory University (Atlanta). He told his mother there is life after hockey, but through hockey he developed strict discipline. His year in Toledo certainly influenced his life's choices.

Kelly Koester (00-01/0-02/02-03) - Eastern Michigan ACHA

Chris Kraft (01-02/02-03) - Northern Michigan NOJHL

Rob Krohl (95-96/96-97) - Asst. Coach Toledo Cherokee(2002-2004). Head Coach Honey Baked Midget Major(Current) MWEHL

Brad Krolak(98-99/99-00) - Ohio University ACHA

Jordan Levy (00-01) - Ohio University ACHA

Dan Mayes (00-01/01-02/02-03) - Eastern Michigan ACHA

Mickey Meehan (99-00/00-01) - Arizona University ACHA

Brandon Meissner ( 97-98/98-99/99-00/00-01) - SUNY Morrisville 01-02 NJCAA Champions 21-0-3/Eastern Michigan ACHA

Mike Opyd (01-02/02-03) - Eastern Michigan ACHA

Antonio Pomponio (01-02/02-03) - Northern Michigan NOJHL

Ryan Potts (00-01/01-02) - Northland College, Ashland Wisconsin -Toledo Cherokee (2000-2002), just completed his first year. Northland College is a NCAA Div. III college playing in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA). Ryan led the Lumberjacks in PP, SH and GW goals and was the teams leading scorer during his freshman campaign. Ryan was also named to the MCHA All-Freshman Team. - 2003-2004 MCHA News & Notes - -February 9, 2004 - Players of the Week: -Northland College Lumberjacks sophomore forward Ryan Potts (Fort Wayne, IN) wins MCHA Player-of-the-Week accolades, becoming the second Northland player to earn the honor this season.

Neal Price (97-98) - currently in my senior season playing at Penn State University. We have won the last 3 National Championships and are looking to win our 4th in a row. Last season I was named the ACHA Player-of-the-Year and I'm also going to play for Team USA in January over in Tarvisio, Italy in the World University Games.

Andy Reynolds (98-99/00-01) - SUNY Morrisville 01-02 NJCAA Champions 21-0-3, Tournament co-MVP.

Jon Romoen (98-99) - Manglerud Stars Oslo Norway

Ian Soldano (00-01) - Ian has finally completed his last year of Junior A. In the fall, he is planning to attend Weber State University, ACHA D1, and play for Coach Rob Larsen and the Wildcats.

Rich Vertanen - (98-99) - Played for Ohio University Bobcats, currently finishing up an engineering degree.

Jepson Brothers Achieve Success - 5/16/05 Two former Toledo Cherokee players have moved on to bigger and better things. Jon and Jeff Jepson have gone similar routes from the Cherokee. Both went from playing for their hometown team to playing Jr. A, then went to college to continue playing. Jon, who is older, played on the 1997-98 National Championship team. After the Cherokee, Jon went to play hockey in Chicago before getting a scholarship to play hockey at the University of Connecticut. He graduated in the spring of 2005 with a degree in Counseling and Social Work. He is going to go back for his Masters and is getting into coaching. While Jon achieved his success in New England, little brother Jeff has been making some strides of his own... a bit closer to home. Jeff played two seasons for Toledo in 1999-2000 and the 2000-2001team that made it to Nationals in Hartford. After the Cherokee, Jeff went to play Junior A with Butte, Tupelo, and Springfield. This past season was Jeff's first with Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. He went in with no expectations and came out with the ACHA ‘Rookie Of The Year' for the Eagles. Jeff is heading into his sophomore year at Eastern, pursuing a degree in Physical Education Instruction. It is a vocation that Jeff discovered while playing in Toledo for then-Cherokee Coach Todd Omey. It just goes to show that the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. While their greatest success has occurred away from home, both Jepson brothers will tell you that it all started to take off while suiting up for their home town team, the Toledo Cherokee.