Welcome back! Please read the rink's procedures + protocols listed below. Credits will be given for 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 email@example.com. 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!
Welcome back to Ice Land - we can’t wait to see you!
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.
- If you are not feeling well - stay home! If you have been in contact with anyone who has or is suspected to have COVID - please stay home!
- 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. Skaters will have access to benches to put their skates on. We ask that you leave your hockey bags in the car. Please carry in your helmets, sticks + skates, etc. You will be able to leave your shoes, mask, etc in the area you are assigned at check in.
- All patrons will use the door closest to the ramp entrance. All other entrances will be not be utilized. If you are caught using a door that isn't the front door, you will be asked to leave the building.
- 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 5 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. Please don't make our staff have to ask you to leave. It makes everyone uncomfortable. This rule won't be forever!
- 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.
- 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. 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!
New session starts October 24! Feel free to join mid-session, we will prorate it for you at the rink! www.ice-land.com/learntoplay
New session starts October 25! Feel free to join mid-session, we will prorate it for you at the rink! www.ice-land.com/adultlearntoplay
New session starts October 24! Feel free to join mid-session, we will prorate it for you at the rink! www.ice-land.com/rechockey
Fall Session 2 of Learn to Skate starts Friday, October 23 and/or Sunday, October 25! Follow the link for more information!
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!
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 an hour and will be discounted to $99 for 5 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.
You asked and we answered! Adult Learn-to-Play at Ice Land! Sunday nights from 7:15-8:15p! 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!
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 email@example.com.
Ice Land is proud to announce that the Princeton Youth Tier 2 program will be the primary Tier 2 tenant out of Ice Land. 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!
New session starts September 11 and/or September 13 - beginner to advanced, tots to adults! Class sizes are being kept small for for the Fall, so make sure to secure your space quickly - we are allowing 6 kids per class/level. Options for off-ice classes, Mini Chiefs + more! Have a credit from the shutdown? Email Jenn@ice-land.com before you register.
Head over to www.ice-land.com/learntoskate to register and for more information!
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. 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 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.
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Monday, 10/19, 5-10:15p
Tuesday, 10/20, 5-9:30p
Wednesday, 10/21, 5-10:30p
Thursday, 10/22, 5-9:30p
Friday, 10/23, 5-8:30p
Saturday, 10/24, 8a-8p
Sunday, 10/25, 8:30a-6p
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General Manager of Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick - firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Manager/Master Scheduler - Jenn Del Rosario - email@example.com
Hockey Director - Chris Barcless - firstname.lastname@example.org
Skating Director and Office Manager - Jenn Schaffener - email@example.com
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