Reunion native, Colorado youth hockey grad Templeton finding early success with USPHL’s Cherokee
Through six games this season, Roman Templeton has tallied five goals and 10 points for the Toledo Cherokee.
Not bad numbers playing for a team that is a perennial powerhouse on the USPHL junior hockey circuit.
“It’s definitely appealing to be playing in this league knowing how many players have moved on to college,” said Templeton, a Reunion native. “College hockey has always been the dream goal.
“The opportunity to sign with Toledo came along when the scouting director, Nic Saenz, reached out to me this past summer.”
Being away from home is nothing new for Templeton, who played a season of 16U AAA hockey for the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wilderness.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to leave home again and prove myself at the next level,” Templeton said.
During his time in Colorado, Templeton skated for the Hyland Hills Jaguars, Evolution Elite Hockey Academy, Krivo School of Hockey Elite, Rocky Mountain RoughRiders, and Colorado Thunderbirds.
“Sergei Bautin and Andrei Krivokrasov were major influences in my early development,” said Templeton. “During my 14U season, Tyson Davis had a significant impact and assisted me a ton. He has a very positive influence throughout Colorado hockey and has coached thousands of kids like me. Ryan McKelvie and Kyle Brodie were also influential when I played in Wenatchee.”
In addition to his youth hockey success, Templeton has also suited up for the Puerto Rico national team (pictured).
“In order to compete for Puerto Rico, I had to go through an eligibility process and register as a member of the Puerto Rico Ice Hockey Association,” explained Templeton. “Every March, evaluation camps are held in Chicago. I’ve competed on the men’s national team in events held in Dallas, Florida, New York City, and Chicago. I’ve been fortunate enough to win silver and gold with the team so far.
“The goal is to promote the sport of hockey in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond.”
Entrenched in his role with Toledo, Templeton knows a solid season can lead to higher advancement.
“My short-term goals are to have a productive and successful season this year,” Templeton said. “Over the next couple of years, the goal is to receive some NCAA offers. Playing college hockey has always been a long-term goal. My life goals are to obtain a business degree and eventually start my own company.”
Photo provided by Roman Templeton
— Matt Mackinder
(October 5, 2023)