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Ice Land, Black Bear Sports Group, Ice Land NJ

Ice Land is temporarily closed for the Spring and Summer as we renovate both of our ice surfaces. We anticipate a late August reopening, but stay tuned for updates. Many of our programs will continue at local rinks, so be sure to check the appropriate webpages for more information! Follow along on Facebook for updates, information and more! www.facebook.com/icelandskating

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While we are closed, feel free to reach out to Rob, Jenn, Heather or Matt with questions. Phone staff will be limited. There will be someone at the Front Desk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-3p to answer phone calls, take payments, and to retrieve and return messages. 

Payments being called in or sent to the rink, MUST be done and/or received at least 5 days before they are due. We have limited staff at the rink right now due to renovations and payments WILL NOT be hand processed by us, over the weekends. Once a payment is processed, it CANNOT be cancelled. Please do not wait until the last minute! All due dates are on your invoice and in your Athlete Trax accounts.

Rob Broderick - GM of Ice Land + the Chiefs - rob@ice-land.com
Jenn Schaffener - Skating Director, Office Manager, Social Media - jenn@ice-land.com
Heather O'Connell - Master Scheduler, Adult League, Learn to Play  + Rec Hockey Director - heather@ice-land.com
Matt Conti - Facilities Manager - matt@ice-land.com


87 Strong: Link to Brian Page's Go Fund Me Page

Waiver for Hockey Teams

Please fill out THIS waiver if your hockey team is coming TO Ice Land to play a game with ANY of our teams! These waivers will be sorted by team AND birth year so it is imperative that you use the form below! Players will NOT be allowed on the ice without a current waiver. Home AND Away teams must fill out this waiver!


THERE IS AN INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT. COVID-19 IS AN EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN LEAD TO SEVERE ILLNESS AND DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, SENIOR CITIZENS AND GUESTS WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE. BY ENTERING ICE LAND ARENA, YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISKS RELATED TO EXPOSURE TO COVID-19, AND ICE LAND ARENA DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY RELATED THERETO.  


General Ice Land Waiver

Fill out this waiver before coming to the rink for ANY event including Public Skating, Stick Time, Figure Skating Freestyle, Private Rentals and/or Birthday Parties! 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! (If you are filling out this waiver for a hockey team, do not use this waiver! Use the one labeled 'Waivers for Hockey Teams!' Thank you!)

Upcoming Events, Dates and Programs

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RINK NEWS

Score for the Cure!

Score for the Cure is an ice hockey tournament and full day event that will take place on Saturday, August 14 at Revolution Ice Gardens in Warminster, PA. The tournament will also include a 5K race, family fun activities, delicious food, live music, and more. Proceeds will go to fund the research of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and advocacy initiatives conducted by JDRF.

Notable Flyers alumni scheduled to participate in the hockey tournament portion of the event include Brian Propp, Riley Cote, and Doug Crossman.

Black Bear Sports Group has donated the full usage of the facility for this event, which will take over the entire complex that day. As a thank you to the Black Bear Sports Group, part of the proceeds will be directed to Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation to support youth in their pursuit to play hockey that otherwise would not be able to.

In early 2021, a group of volunteers involved with the Keystone Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) decided to unite their energy and resources to host a fundraiser benefiting JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, and SCORE FOR THE CURE was born.

The group, led by Nicole Skaro of CIT Bank and Sean McCabe of SERVPRO, comprises David Velasco and Steve Roderick of JGS Insurance; Robyn Colajezzi, Becca Herman, Amanda O’Connor additionally of SERVPRO; Anne Yannarella of National Contractors, Inc.; Michael Shaw of Keystone CAI; Suzanne Kulliver of Access Property Management; Deb Rizzi of Rizco; David Dahan of Hyland Levin Shapiro, LLC; Megan Elgard of Falcon Engineering; Barry Siburkis of ATI Restoration; and Kevin Morrow of the Philadelphia Builders Union.

“It’s been amazing to see such talented, driven business people come together for such a great cause,” said volunteer Sean McCabe from SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, Germantown, and Pennypack/Bustleton. “Hockey was a natural selection as many of us are enthusiasts and we personally know many young players afflicted with Type 1”.

The group hopes to make this an annual event with the first year's goal to raise $50,000. If you are interested in participating on August 14 or would like to donate to the cause, please visit ScoreForTheCure.com.

About Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes typically develops in children and adolescents, but it can also develop in adults. Various factors, such as genetics and viruses, can contribute to the development of this disease, but it has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes must suffer through insulin injections, disruptive glucose monitoring, and sleepless nights while carefully balancing their eating and activity. Living with Type 1 diabetes grants no days off and there is no cure.

About JDRF: JDRF has been a global leader in the search for the cure to Type 1 Diabetes for over 40 years. They also work to improve the lives of every person living with Type 1 Diabetes until they arrive at that goal. JDRF focuses primarily on developing cure therapies and treatment therapies and researching preventative therapies for the disease.

For more information, contact:

Nicole Skaro
908.524.8741
JDRFHockey@gmail.com.


Former Chief Ross Colton Game Winning Goal in the Stanley Cup!

Ice Land had the pleasure of hosting Ross Colton and the Stanley Cup at Ice Land, July 16, 2021! We are honored Ross chose Ice Land as one of his many stops today! We are so proud of you, Ross! Enjoy it.

Two words, one name - Ross Colton. Stanley. Cup. Game. Winning. Goal. As you can probably tell, we are beyond excited and proud at our little rink, in our little town of Hamilton, NJ. We watched one of our very own not only follow his dreams to the NHL, not only score in his second shift ever on NHL ice, not only make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs with his team, not only score goals during the Stanley Cup playoffs, BUT score the game winning (And only!) goal of the game for his team to become the 2021 Stanley Cup Champions! 

Ross started playing ice hockey with the Chiefs at Ice Land many years ago and he was a Chief from Mites to Midgets, leaving one year for PeeWee but returning back to his roots the next season. Coach Barcless was his coach from PeeWee Major to Midget Minor. He then went on to play for Coach Rob Broderick with the Rockets, his second year of Midgets. Ross also played at Princeton Day School and then went to the Taft School in Connecticut. He finished High School in Cedar Rapids where he played for 2 years in the USHL and then attended the University of Vermont for 2 years. Ross left early to play in the AHL in Syracuse for 2 years, before he was called up to the NHL to play for the Tampa Bay Lightening this February!

All the while, when he was home, you could find him at Ice Land training on his home ice, with his home coach, Chris Barcless. Ross credits Chris with being one of his biggest influences in his career. You better believe Ross keeps in contact with Chris regularly, keeping him in the loop on everything hockey and still comes home to train with him!

Chris said, ‘I've been so lucky and fortunate to work with so many great players over the last 25 years. To have a former player win the Stanley Cup is an incredible feeling! Ross deserves everything he has achieved. I knew he was bound to do something special in hockey. I just never imagined it would be this great. I'm so happy for him and his family.’

Ice Land and the Chiefs have always been a special place to Ross, often returning to help Chris at his infamous summer camps, to train or to coach. This past season he was co-coaching at Ice Land for the Chiefs U18 Premier and U16 National teams with his brother Rob Colton and Head Coach Rob Broderick, his former Midget coach, who is now the General Manager of Ice Land and the Chiefs. Talk about full circle for both Rob Broderick and Ross!

Rob Broderick said, ‘I know Ross will say Chris Barcless is the biggest reason he is where he is. Development is key and nobody is better than Chris - nobody. I coached Ross at Midgets but he was already a phenom. One of the best periods of my coaching experience was sharing the bench with Ross and his brother Rob this past year. So proud of Ross, and Chris, and the Mercer Chiefs!’

While Ross was coaching this past year, he formed a bond with many of the players on the team. During the Chiefs’ season, Ross was called up to Tampa Bay’s bench. Even after a hard fought loss for the Chiefs in the playoffs, a game Ross couldn’t make because he was, you know, playing in the NHL, he took the time to reach out to the players and let them know how proud he was of all of them.

Elliott Lareau, who was lucky enough to be coached by Ross this past season on the U18 Premier team said, ‘Ross had a special bond with the players because he is only a couple of years older than us. He would take the time to talk hockey with us, me being a center and Ross being a center, Ross helped me a lot with face-offs.’ Elliot went on to say how proud he was of Ross and what a surreal experience it was having just been coached by Ross months earlier and now his coach is in the Stanley Cup!

Surreal is right. Dreams do come true, even from our little rink, in our little town. #onceachiefalwaysachief


Chris Barcless Named Youth Hockey Coach of the Year!

Our very own Chris Barcless was honored with the Youth Coach of the Year award with the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association this year. ‘I’m honored and grateful to be recognized but this award really isn’t about me. It’s about our ownership and organization and all of the people involved that made this season possible. Those are the ones that deserve the credit,’ Chris said. Always humble, always kind, it’s perfectly fitting that Chris would take the chance to honor everyone else when given the award! We are truly the lucky ones to have Chris with the Chiefs and Ice Land! Congratulations Chris!


Girls Try Hockey for Free!

Successful ‘Girls Try Hockey Free’ program is now expanding through July right here at ProSkate! Follow the link below to secure your space in our next session!

With the temperatures heating up, many girls across the Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New Jersey regions are participating in a cool program to learn the sport of ice hockey.

Due to strong interest in the ‘Girls Try Hockey Free’ program, free summer sessions have been added for July and August at Grundy Arena, Igloo Ice Rink, Jersey Shore Arena and Pro Skate Arena.

To date, over 300 participants have participated in the ‘Girls Try Hockey Free’ program, with over 175 of them returning for additional lessons.

‘It was amazing to watch our ‘Girls Try Hockey Free’ participants learn, develop, interact with one another—and most importantly, have fun over the course of the 5-week program. We saw a lot of smiles during every session!’ said Rebecca Morse, Hockey Director of the Princeton Tiger Lilies. ‘I'm incredibly grateful to play a role in introducing young girls to the game in an environment that's designed specifically for them.’

By the Fall, many of these girls will be able to participate in a recreational league to help develop their skills further while adding the fun of a game environment.

Registration for ‘Girls Try Hockey Free’ sessions are available at the following websites!

Grundy Arena
 
grundyarena.com/hockey/girls-free-learn-to-play-hockey

Igloo Ice Rink
skateigloo.com/hockey/girls-try-hockey

Jersey Shore Arena
jerseyshorearena.com/page/show/6294562-girl-s-hockey

Pro Skate Arena
proskatenj.com/girls-try-hockey-free


Princeton Tiger Lilies - New Director of Hockey!

Rebecca Morse hired as Director of Hockey for the Princeton Tiger Lilies, current professional hockey player brings experience and passion for developing girls hockey!

The Princeton Tiger Lilies Girls Hockey Club announces the hiring of Rebecca Morse to serve as the club’s Director of Hockey. Rebecca will be directing all aspects of the club, including coaching and player personnel and development.

Rebecca is currently an assistant captain for the Metropolitan Riveters in the National Women’s Hockey League. A fan favorite and NWHL All-Star, Rebecca has played for the Riveters for the past five seasons after a four-year standout collegiate career at Providence College.

Rebecca also has ten years of experience as a coach and instructor, most recently as the Girls Hockey Director for the Union Thunder Youth Hockey Club. Her passion for developing hockey as a game for everybody earned her the 2020 NWHL Foundation Award for her service to the game.

“My vision for PTL is to be THE option for girls in the region who are looking to improve their hockey skills and training, expand their knowledge of the game, and pursue a future in the sport,” said Rebecca Morse. “The program has a rich history that dates back to before I started playing youth hockey in New Jersey. I plan to foster a culture that honors this history, yet continuously strives to elevate it to new heights for generations to come. If the majority of girls coming out of our program are still involved in hockey in 10 years, regardless of the level, I'll know that I've done my job.”

“We are very excited to have Rebecca Morse lead PTL and help it grow back into a dominate program in the Mid Atlantic area. We want to build a strong program from the bottom up and develop talent that will get them the opportunity to play at the collegiate level,” said Tim Chase, Director of Girls Hockey - Northeast Region, Black Bear Sports Group. “There is a lot of room for growth in girls hockey and Rebecca will play an integral part of the process in not just the Princeton area but in the entire region where Black Bear has a footprint.”

The Princeton Tiger Lilies was founded in 1992, making it the oldest and most established girls hockey program in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Alumni from the program have gone on to the play at the NCAA Division I and the NWHL. In partnership with their home rink, Ice Land in Hamilton, NJ, and Black Bear Sports Group, the club looks to help grow girls hockey across the region. More information about the club can be found at princetontigerlilies.org.

For More Information on Princeton Tiger Lilies, contact: 

Rebecca Morse - rebecca@proskatenj.com

Tim Chase - timchasenjstars@gmail.com


Black Bear Selects Team for 2006 Birth Years!

Black Bear Sports Group creates the Black Bear Selects team to compete in international competition! The team will compete at the World Selects Trophy in Nashville, TN from June 28-July 2, 2021.

Black Bear Sports Group has created a new invitation only tournament hockey team at the 2006 birth year level called Black Bear Selects. The team will compete at the international World Selects Trophy from June 28-July 2, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The World Selects Trophy tournament feature the top teams and players from the United Sates, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and more. The tournament is considered one of the most highly scouted and competitive events in youth hockey.

The Black Bear Selects will be led by Chris Kanaly, Rob Broderick, Chad Dlugolecki, and Pat Ferrill, four elite coaches in the Atlantic District, to build and guide an elite group of youth hockey players born in 2006. The coaches will use advanced scouting, coaching relationships, and player identification to select the team.

"Through the tireless efforts of our amazing coaches, I am thrilled that we can offer this program to our players," said Murry Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group. "It’s an honor for us to have the opportunity to send our young athletes to this event where they can compete against the best 2006 born hockey players in the world.”

Black Bear Selects is a continuation of Black Bear Sports Group’s commitment to the ladder of youth hockey development from the youngest players in their learn-to-play hockey programs through their junior hockey programs that compete at the highest levels in the United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League. Black Bear Sports Group currently owns fifteen youth hockey clubs at the Tier I and Tier II levels and three junior hockey franchises in the USHL, NAHL, and EHL.

For more information on Black Bear Selects and how to get scouted, contact:

Chris Kanaly (609) 713-4520
Chad Dlugloecki (973) 517-3913
Rob Broderick (347) 886-2185
Pat Ferrill (215) 852-3506

For Black Bear Sports Group, contact:
Ryan Scott (240) 223-1338
rscott@blackbearsportsgroup.com


Princeton Tiger Lilies - Girls Ice Hockey 2021

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!

https://www.princetontigerlilies.org/2020season


Hamilton Huskies

Hamilton Huskies, Independant Mites Program
The Hamilton Huskies, our Tier 1 Independent Mites program, is looking for top players at the Mite level to compete in full ice competition across the Tri-State area! We have been successful in the past with some great talent that has easily transitioned into our Chiefs Tier 1 Squirt programs!

The 2020/21 season will consist of -
- 10-20+ full ice games.
- Two practices per week including skills clinics three times per month with Chris Barcless, Ice Land’s Hockey Director and 07/08 Chiefs Head Coach.
- Five Showcase Tournaments (18-20 games guarantee!) in the East Coast Development Hockey League (ECDHL).
- Participants must have AAU insurance.

Mercer family now owners of USHL Franchise!

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey, Ice Land, Hamilton, NJ

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."


Mercer Chiefs expand into Junior Hockey

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.

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Aidan McDowell drafted by the Maryland Black Bears of the NAHL.

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General Manager of Ice Land + the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick - rob@ice-land.com
Hockey Director - Chris Barcless - cbarcless@ice-land.com
Skating Director + Office Manager - Jenn Schaffener - jenn@ice-land.com

Facilities Manager - Matt Conti - matt@ice-land.com
Master Scheduler + Adult Hockey League Director - Heather O'Connell - heather@ice-land.com
Pro Shop - Brian Arnott - proshop@ice-land.com
Skating Club of Ice Land - skatingcluboficeland@gmail.com

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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 -
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Skating Club of Ice Land Facebook - facebook.com/skatingcluboficeland

Skating Club of Ice Land Instagram - instagram.com/skatingcluboficeland
Tiger Lilies Website - www.princetontigerlilies.org
Tiger Lilies Facebook - facebook.com/keysinhand
Tiger Lilies Instagram - instagram.com/princetontigerlilies_official

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Ice Land & the Mercer Chiefs welcome Robert Broderick as the General Manager

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.


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