On Monday, 7/6, Ice Land is officially open again - yay! We just made fresh ice and it is ready to be skated on! We are excited to finally reopen! Of course, this comes with a lot of procedures + protocols we must follow - just like everywhere else. Please read them below before you come to the rink. Bear with us in the beginning, as we are new to this ‘new’ process as well. Hopefully it won’t be forever, but just for now, in order to ensure we can remain open. The schedule will be updated and continually updated as we add more events. Pre-registration is open on our webpage for freestyle + stick times this coming week. They will be first come first serve. Walk-in rates will be higher than pre-registered. Certain events cannot run and we will proceed with those as soon as it is deemed safe, so stay tuned as we plan their return! Credits will be given for all sessions that were started and couldn’t be finished and sessions that were never started. Credits can be used for any future events at Ice Land. We have compiled a list of what everyone is ‘owed.’ If you would like to redeem your credits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. As you can imagine, being closed for just shy of 4 months, has been more than difficult for our business and we are doing what we can to pick back up and get everyone back on the ice! Please give us some grace as we reopen and get ourselves going again.
Summer camps are still accepting skaters! We have camps for Learn-to-Skate, Figure Skating, Hockey + Rec/Learn-to-Play! Some of the camps are sold out, so be sure not to wait if you were thinking of signing up. The link below will take you to the information pages on each camp where you will find our COVID procedures, camp itineraries + more!
The Pro Shop will be open tomorrow from 8a-12p + 5-9p for all your skating + sharpening needs! Pro Shop hours will be limited for the time being, so don't wait! Masks are required to enter the building. Please use the door closest to the ramp and enter immediately into the shop and back out when you are finished.
Welcome back to Ice Land - we can’t wait to see you!
- If you are not feeling well - stay home! If you have been exposed to someone who isn’t feeling well - please stay home! If you have been in contact with anyone who has or is suspected to have COVID - definitely stay home! If you have been to any of the following states - Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas + Utah within the last 14 days, you will NOT be permitted to enter our facility. Please be honest as we are trying to keep all our skaters, coaches + employees safe and we want to be able to keep our doors open!
- Skaters are to arrive no more than 10 minutes before their scheduled start time. We ask that you wait outside until 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. If you arrive too early, you will be asked to wait outside. Skaters are to come to the rink dressed, as best as they can. Skaters will have access to benches to put their skates on. If skaters have hard guards, we recommend they come to the rink with their skates on. We ask that you leave your bags in the car. Please carry in your helmets, sticks + skates, etc. Locker rooms will not be utilized unless approved by the staff.
- All patrons will use the door closest to the ramp entrance. All other entrances will be not be utilized.
- Upon arrival, all patrons will have their temperature taken. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or higher must immediately exit the building. Skaters must exit the rink no more than 10 minutes after they get off the ice. No congregating.
- Only 1 parent/guardian is allowed to enter the building with a skater to assist at check-in, sign the waiver and help with skates. They must sign a waiver for EACH of their children under 18. They must immediately exit the building when they are finished helping their children. No one is permitted to stay to watch. Parents + skaters must wear masks for the duration of their stay in the lobby + common areas. Skaters may take their masks off on the ice.
- Walk-in registrations will not be allowed. All registrations are to be done ahead of time online. Waivers will be included on ALL registrations. If you registered online, you do not need to bring in a paper waiver. EXCEPT - ALL campers will need to bring a paper copy of their COVID waivers on the first day of camp. Waivers were changed in the middle of registrations to include COVID verbiage and in order to not miss anyone, we will be having EVERY CAMPER redo their waiver! If you are doing multiple weeks, you will only need to do this once.
- Hand sanitizer will be around the building to use. Gloves will be available if you need them.
- All employees + coaches will be required to have their temperatures taken upon arrival and recorded in a daily log. Employees + coaches will also have to wear masks for the duration of their shifts. ALL coaches will need to sign a COVID waiver.
- Ice Land has a full-time custodial staff on duty. Surfaces will be regularly cleaned + sanitized throughout the day.
Thank you for patience during this time! This is NEW to us as well!
Fill out this waiver before coming to the rink! If you aren't sure if you have filled it out already, fill it out again - can't hurt! All participants WILL NOT be allowed on the ice without a current waiver signed!
Register here to reserve + pay for your stick time session(s). Sessions will be limited to the first 30 skaters. If we can accommodate walk-ins we will. Walk-in rate is $30 per session. Payment in advance is $25 per session. Waivers are included on each registration.
Register here to reserve + pay for your freestyle session(s). Sessions will be limited to the first 25 skaters. If we can accommodate walk-ins we will. Walk-ins will incur a higher fee per session. Payment information is all detailed within the link. Waivers are included on each registration.
Summer camps are a go this summer! We are following guidelines from the local government and the CDC. Check out our camp pages for more information! Space is limited and first come first serve!
www.ice-land.com/summercamp (Learn-to-Skate Camp)
www.ice-land.com/figureskatingcamp (Freestyle Camp)
www.ice-land.com/summerhockeycamp (Chris Barcless Hockey Camp)
www.ice-land.com/reclearntoplaycamp (Chris Barcless Rec + Learn-to-Play Camp)
Make sure you to register before they are full! Whether you are looking for hockey camps, figure skating or Learn-to-Skate camps, we have something for everyone!
The 2020 Phantoms futures camp offers 2005-2008 birth years both a competitive and educational experience surrounding the USHL, the path to college hockey and gives prospects a chance to showcase their abilities in front of the Phantoms' coaching and scouting staff and special guest NCAA coaches. Experience high-intensity practices run by Coach Patterson and understand what USHL scouts look for in prospects.
Questions? Email our camp staff at: email@example.com
Do you want to be part of the PREMIER girls ice hockey club here in Central Jersey? Did you know the Princeton Tiger Lilies play right here out of Ice Land?! Make sure to sign up to be considered for a team next season! Click the link to continue and to become a Princeton Tiger Lily! Present + Future Lilies follow the link!
Bringing our first Adult Figure Skating Mini Camp to Ice Land!
Our first mini camp will be Saturday, April 25 at 9a-11:30a! This mini camp is open to adult skaters in any level of freestyle.
*30 minutes of stroking + moves in the field
*60 minutes of freestyle
*15 minutes of interpretive
* 30 minutes of off-ice classes
* Practice time included
* Refreshments will be served!
Introductory price of $79. ($89 at the door.)
Major congratulations go out to Mercer Chiefs player Mike Sullo for being drafted into the USHL draft by the Youngstown Phantoms! ‘Mike is a terrific young man and a very special hockey player! He has a tremendous work ethic, as strong as anyone I have coached,’ said Rob Broderick of the Chiefs. ‘Mike is a hard working kid. Very coachable. Great speed and can put the puck in the net. He is a great kid from a great family,’ said Coach Barcless. We look forward to seeing all the great things that are coming Mike's way. Congratulations Mike!
NEW! Have littles who are interested in ice hockey? Enter the Mini Chiefs! The Mini Chiefs (3-6 years old) will join our regular Learn to Play program, the Junior Chiefs, on Saturday mornings at 9:10a. The Mini Chiefs MUST be enrolled in our Learn-to-Skate program to do the Mini Chiefs program, as they still need their skating skills through Basic 4, to move on to our Learn-to-Play program. Classes will run for a half hour and will be discounted to just $69 for 5 half hour lessons. Hockey helmet, hockey skates (Can use rentals!), hockey stick, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads and shin guards are needed. Talk to Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about gear or the program. We have Mini Chiefs jerseys to purchase if you are interested, but they are not required! Names and favorite numbers may be added to the back of jersey for an additional fee. Sign up with/under your Learn to Skate registration. Additional information at www.ice-land.com/minichiefs.
*Mini Chiefs will need a USA Hockey number. Birth years 2013 and later can obtain a USA Hockey number at NO cost at membership.usahockey.com.
2020 Ice Land Hockey Academy - Midget AAA/Juniors
Off-Season Training Program run out of Ice Land Arena!
The AAA program offers a professionally developed training program geared towards the elite, tier one players. The players will be in one of four groups - U15, U16, U18 and/or U20 for Showcases. Emphasis is placed on player development and skill development. The program offers the following for players at most levels:
Our focus is on complete player development and exposure for this important time in a player’s path to college/pro hockey. Our program is tailored for individual player skill, strength and mental development in a team environment. It is called the off-season for a reason. Our goal is to make sure every athlete leaves the off-season a significantly better hockey player, with a better plan for the following season.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Considering the pandemic, it has been decided to have tier one clubs sign players to contracts on June 1, 2020. The Mercer Chief coaches have been meeting remotely for the last few weeks and we will continue to meet a few times each week deciding who to sign based on previous play, word of mouth, past experiences, etc. We take this very seriously – both the endeavor to pick the “best and right” player for each team, but to also communicate to ALL players early on in the process, so they can look at other options if needed.
If you are interested in playing for the Mercer Chiefs (returning or new), please contact the Head Coach below of your birth year:
▪️Mites + Squirt Minor (2014-2011)
Brett Aimone - Brettaimone27@hotmail.com
▪️Squirt Major + Peewee Minor (2010-2009)
Marco Escalona - firstname.lastname@example.org
▪️Peewee Major + Bantam Minor (2008-2007)
Chris Barcless - email@example.com
▪️Bantam Major (2006)
Oscar Watson - OLWatson7@msn.com
Krzysztof Oliwa - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Broderick - email@example.com
Anthony Matarazzo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Broderick - email@example.com
Dan Pressl - firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the Mercer Chiefs is to be the most successful youth hockey organization in the country. Winning is not the only, or even the most important benchmark in measuring success. We believe winning at all costs at the youth hockey level is not winning and is quite frankly, usually just for a coach’s ego.
Success means developing our players to be the best they can be, both on the ice and off the ice. Preparing and playing to win is important. That said, development takes precedent over everything. When we win, we win the right way. The players are not pawns in youth hockey and every player matters; yes, even in tier one hockey. Playing a kid more often than others at the Mite, Squirt and Peewee levels to win a hockey game, sets back every player’s development. We want to be an organization that wins at the highest levels, but wins the right way and has the proper perspective on what is truly important in youth hockey – and that is individual development and learning how to be a great teammate and all around hockey player. And yes, we want the players to love this great game and love coming to the rink each and every practice, off-ice session and game!
When the players get to the Bantam and Midget level things change a bit – having a coach who is an EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE for them is not only vitally important, but imperative to their future hockey goals. On top of that, the off-ice component is especially important. The Chiefs have brought in Joe DeMarco to be the full-time off-ice coordinator for the Midget program. Joe is dedicated to this and in each and every one of them. He dedicates his time and passion to bettering our athletes physically and mentally. Also, we believe in our developmental model and we will look to make the flow from Mites to Midgets to Juniors efficiently. We do NOT need to look to build new teams from scratch at the Midget level because we will already have good players that we have developed from the "ground" up.
We do not only have a pipeline on paper with the Black Bears and Phantoms, but we send players there all the time. The communication between the Chiefs and the coaches is constant and the connection and pipeline is REAL. Midget players skate with Youngstown and/or Maryland consistently throughout the season. Last year we had 12 players skate with Youngstown and/or Maryland during the season. This season we should have at least four players play for the Black Bears full-time.
Good luck to everyone for ‘tryouts’ this year. It certainly won’t be easy for any of us involved!
Our Learn-to-Skate ice skating camp is designed for the complete beginner to pre-freestyle* (LTS USA levels) skater (age 4+) who wants to learn how to skate, discover and practice new and exciting skills both on and off the ice, make new friends and have fun! Beat the heat and join us at the 'coolest' camp in town!
Skaters will be busy all day - both on and off the ice - with many activities! We hope they learn to love the ice, just as much as we all do!
* Skaters Freestyle 1 and higher, will join our Figure Skating Camp! Pre-Freestyle may also, but it is up to each skater and how much time they wish to spend on the ice during camp. Message email@example.com with any questions to help you decide!
Our summer figure skating camp accommodates all levels of freestyle skaters* through advanced competitive levels. All on -ice classes will be taught by our professional certified staff and will be divided by skill level. Over 4 hours of ice time daily with 2 hours of professional instruction on-ice and 1 1/2 hours of off-ice instructed activities!
This year, Joe DeMarco will be working with our skaters for off ice training. Joe will be an amazing asset to our camp this year leaving our skaters stronger, both on and off the ice.
You asked and we answered! Adult Learn-to-Play at Ice Land! Sunday nights from 7:30-8:30p! We have no doubt you will be joining our Adult League in no time!
Under the direction of Heather O'Connell and her team, you will learn the basics of hockey, game play, skating skills and stick/puck handling! Join the FUN - it is NEVER too late to learn to play hockey and fall in love with the game!
Next session starts January 26!
Every season the Mercer Chiefs seek local families to become billet families.This upcoming season is no exception!
What is a billet family you might ask? An exceptional young player who lives outside the area and wants to come play for the Chiefs. Enter the billet family. Billet families provide a caring, supportive, family environment to be the home away from home for each of our players. Billeting can be a very exciting and rewarding experience for those willing to open up their homes to our hockey players.
‘I know from personal experience – I have billeted boys the last 4 years and I can share that the experience was a wonderful one for my family. We will always consider these young men a part of our family. Also, I was once a billet player and I will always consider my host family my second family,’ says Rob Broderick.
The player pays the billet family for their ‘room and board.’ While financial compensation is part of being a billet family, the real rewards are found in the relationships that are made with these players. Often times, lifelong bonds that cannot be broken and the player becomes part of your family! Providing a home and family atmosphere to these kids who are away from their own families, as they pursue their dreams, is very special. These players have all been vetted and are special young men. You are not responsible for driving them to or from the rink or for paying for any of their activities. They will keep busy with both on and off ice activities as they are very serious about looking to move on to play college and professional hockey one day.
Join the billeting world and host one of our Chiefs players this year! We have many players coming from a few different states and we need you!
If interested please contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge congratulations goes out to three of our Mercer Chiefs, Mike Citera, Damian Carfagna and TJ Semptimphelter, for being selected to the USA National Camp! From 80 players, only 6 forwards, 4 defenseman and 1 goalie were chosen!
The USA 17 National Camp was in Buffalo, June 25th - July 1st from the Atlantic District. “This is a testament to Mike, Damian and TJ. Not only to their talent but also to their work ethic. It is also a huge indication of the quality of coaching at the Chiefs and in particular Coach Chris Barcless. Chris is one of the best hockey coaches in the country,” said Chiefs General Manager Rob Broderick.
Ice Land is proud to announce that the Princeton Youth Tier 2 program will be the primary Tier 2 tenant out of Ice Land for the 2019-20 season. From Tier 2 mites to midgets, Princeton Youth will play their Tier 2 teams out of Ice Land and Hobey Baker. The Mercer Chiefs will still operate their Tier 1 program (Mites to U18).
The Mercer Chiefs family has grown exponentially this year with the addition of the Maryland Black Bears of the NAHL and the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. New and exciting things are just getting started and we are very excited to continue growing and expanding our programs here at Ice Land including the addition of Princeton Youth and their Tier 2 program!
As always, thank you for your continued support of Ice Land, the Mercer Chiefs and now, the Princeton Youth Tigers!
New Learn-to-Skate start on Friday, March 6 and/or Sunday, March 8. Missed the first classes? No worries. You can easily do a makeup on one of the other days! Head over to www.ice-land.com/learntoskate to register and for more information. (Make sure to head over to www.learntoskateusa.com to obtain your 2019/20 membership!)
A huge congratulations goes out to Ross Colton, a lifelong Mercer Chiefs player, for signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL. On Tuesday, June 26th, the NHL Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced, “The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ross Colton to a two-year, two-way contract.”
Ross played his youth hockey career almost exclusively under the tutelage of Mercer Chiefs coach and Hockey Director Chris Barcless. Ross still trains with Coach Barcless at Ice Land throughout the off season. Coach Barcless said, “Ross is an extraordinary person and player and he deserves everything that his coming his way.” Ironically, Ross also played one season with the current Chiefs General Manager and Coach Rob Broderick, at the Midget level after his youth career with the Chiefs. Coach Broderick said, “Chris Barcless being the person he is, called me because that season Mercer did not have a strong Midget team and he knew that we did. Of course I knew and coached against Ross and knew how incredibly gifted he was, but I also knew that he played for Chris and you just know that means he is a good player on both sides of the puck because of Chris’s coaching. Ross certainly has the talent, but his work ethic is special and the coaching he received from Chris Barcless certainly played a big role. They both should be very proud!”
Ross said, “I owe a lot to the Chiefs organization and especially to Coach Barcless. I would not be where I am today without them.”
The Mercer Chiefs family and Ice Land congratulate Ross for signing to play for the Tampa Bay organization and we couldn’t be prouder! We can't wait to see him on the ice!
The Mercer Chiefs own a franchise in the EHL and the Maryland Black Bears of the NAHL and now also the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL (the ONLY Tier-1 Junior league in the United States). Please see the information below on the Tier-2 and Tier-3 Junior landscape. The Chiefs separate ourselves from all youth organizations with a clear path to college and/or professional hockey.
"The NAHL is simply light years ahead everyone else. No other league comes close to matching the player marketing of the NAHL. From very well executed events, an incredibly active stream of player marketing, to a propaganda department like none other. The NAHL simply out works every other league when it comes to moving players on to higher levels."
Chiefs’ affiliate acquires NAHL and EHL Junior Hockey Franchises Hamilton, NJ – An affiliate of the Mercer Chiefs has acquired the rights to franchises in the North American Hockey League (“NAHL”) and the Eastern Hockey League (“EHL”) to begin play in the upcoming 2018-19 season at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, MD.
“This is a very exciting step for the Mercer Chiefs. We are committed to building the premier program in New Jersey and creating a pyramid for our players to advance to college hockey,” said General Manager, Rob Broderick. “We are developing more talented players in the state of New Jersey then ever before and the Chiefs organization is looking forward to offering opportunities to advance. The NAHL’s reputation for Division I placement and the professional ranks speaks for itself, and no league does a better job placing athletes in Division III than the EHL.”
The NAHL and EHL programs will recruit nationwide for both teams, but priority and preference will be given to Mercer Chiefs players. NAHL and EHL draft camps will be held at the Ice Land Skating Center this summer.
Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs are excited to announce Robert Broderick as the General Manager.
Rob Broderick has served as President of the New Jersey Rockets and Managing Director Midget Program and Head Coach of U18 team. He has coached with the Rockets for the last 14 years. He is the head US Scout for Ottawa Junior Senators in the CCHL. Rob was drafted by and played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL and he was captain of his ECAC hockey team his junior and senior years. Over the past fourteen seasons, his Rockets teams have averaged thirty wins per regular season and his teams have made the playoffs every season in the AYHL and USPHL. Prior to joining the NJ Rockets, Rob was the head coach of Team Carolina, with that team being the first in the organization's history to win the AAA Regionals.
General Manager of Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick - email@example.com
Assistant Manager - Jenn Del Rosario - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hockey Director - Chris Barcless - email@example.com
Skating Director and Office Manager - Jenn Schaffener - firstname.lastname@example.org
Facilities Manager - Ed Seeley - email@example.com
Adult Hockey League Director - Heather O'Connell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro Shop - Brian Arnott - email@example.com
Skating Club of Ice Land - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hockey Inquiries - email@example.com
General Information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton Huskies Full Ice Mite Hockey Director - Mike Kelly email@example.com
Ice Land Facebook - facebook.com/icelandskating
Ice Land Twitter - twitter.com/icelandhamilton
Ice Land Instagram - instagram.com/icelandskatingcenter
Mercer Chiefs Website - www.mercerchiefs.com
Mercer Chiefs Facebook - facebook.com/mercerchiefshockey
Mercer Chiefs Twitter - twitter.com/mercer_chiefs
Mercer Chiefs Instagram - instagram.com/mercerchiefshockey
Skating Club of Ice Land Website -
Skating Club of Ice Land Facebook - facebook.com/skatingcluboficeland
Skating Club of Ice Land Instagram - instagram.com/skatingcluboficeland
Princeton Youth Website - www.princetonyouthhockey.org
Princeton Youth Facebook - facebook.com/princetonyouthhockeyassociation
Tiger Lilies Website - www.princetontigerlilies.org
Tiger Lilies Facebook - facebook.com/keysinhand
Tiger Lilies Instagram - instagram.com/princetontigerlilies_official
Ice Land Skating Center opened its doors in the early 1990s and has been providing the community with a place to enjoy ice related competitive sports and recreational activities for many years. Ice Land's current owners purchased the facility and business in early 2018 and are firmly committed to the support and advancement of youth athletic programs in the region.
It is the overall goal to make Ice Land the premier ice skating facility in the area with its mission to provide disciplined, competitive and fun hockey and skating programs to teach and to nurture the potential budding hockey and figure skating stars of the future. Additionally, the owners want to provide a venue to promote fun and physical activities for both adults and children out on the ice with a variety of in-house leagues, clinics, figure skating, Learn-to-Skate and open skating for all to enjoy.
Plans for the future include remodeled locker rooms and the expansion of existing hockey and skating programs to meet the needs of our valued customers. New happenings around the rink include brand new rental skates, 2 brand new dehumidifiers in each rink, remodeled bathrooms and lobby, Chippy's Café (Korean fusion and traditional snack bar fare) and Shore Hockey Shop West at Ice Land - our new and remodeled pro shop!
The future looks bright at Ice Land…come see for yourself and enjoy the fun while you are there!
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Friday - 7/10 - 8a-12p, 5-8p
Saturday - 7/11 - 8a-4p
Sunday - 7/12 - 8a-12p
DeMarco Training is the official trainer of the Mercer Chiefs and the Skating Club of Ice Land!
Get your gift certificates and give the gift of skating! Available in any denomination or for a certain event (Ie: Learn-to-Skate, Public Skating, etc.)! Stop in today!
Congratulations to Aidan on this amazing accomplishment. We are beyond proud of you!
* Membership renewals and new members being accepted now!
* Only online applications will be accepted. No more paper apps.
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*Next test session -
Tuesday, February 25
*Spring Show -
The Roaring Twenties!
Sunday, May 17
Happy 1st official Anniversary to the Skating Club of Ice Land! What a year it has been!
2020/21 Season Tryouts -
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New logos are in at Ice Land!
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