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Mercer Chiefs welcome Jim Dyer as coach of U16 American team!

The Mercer Chiefs are very happy and proud to have Jim Dyer as part of the Chiefs coaching staff. Coach Dyer will be head coach of the U16 American team. "Jim Dyer is a first class coach and person. The Chiefs are a better organization because of Jim joining the team today. "Our '16' teams, with Coach Barcless and Jim, have two of the best coaches in any organization," said GM Rob Broderick. Coach Chris Barcless added, "Jim is a top tier coach who I have known and respected for a long time." Welcome aboard Coach Dyer!

Jim's Coaching Background and Experience:

-Head Coach of the NJ Rockets AAA Tier I, 1996 – 2018, with two National Championship finishes - 3rd & 5th.
-12 Atlantic League Playoffs
-Atlantic District Titles
-Atlantic District Junior Olympics Coach, USA Hockey 2000 – 2003.
-Old Bridge Youth Hockey Coach, 1988 – 1994.
-President of Old Bridge Youth Hockey Program, 1991 – 1994.
-NJ Special Olympics Speed Skating Coach, 1990 - 1992.

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.” 

NAHL player advancement was on display at last weekend’s NCAA Division I Frozen Four Tournament. Of the four teams competing (University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, Notre Dame, and University of Minnesota-Duluth), 24 of the approximately 100 athletes competing in the tournament played in the NAHL prior to college. Three players in the tournament also played for EHL teams before college.

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.

The NAHL is the only USA Hockey Tier II Junior Hockey League. NAHL hockey is a tuition-free experience where players ages 16-20 are provided with equipment, coaching, ice time and travel at no cost. The NAHL is a heavily scouted league that has placed 200+ players into NCAA hockey this season, the majority earning D-I scholarships. There are 60 NCAA D-I hockey programs in the country (an average of 500 roster spots open in a given year), of which approximately 90% of roster spots are filled by junior players from the NAHL and USHL. 

“The Mercer Chiefs have taken pride in doing things the right way”, said Hockey Director Chris Barcless. “A perfect example of that is our U15 team that just made it to the quarterfinals at the USA Hockey National Championships before falling in overtime to eventual finalist, Little Caesars. We accomplished this by developing players from within the club and our surrounding area. With the addition of the NAHL and EHL program, we now have additional opportunities to offer our players.”
The EHL is a USA Hockey Tier-III Junior Hockey League with a focus on placement into NCAA Division III programs and advancement to the NAHL. Similar to the NAHL, players skate and train on a daily basis with the goal of earning a college hockey scholarship. The EHL is the premier feeder-league for NCAA D-III Hockey. In the 2017-18 season, the EHL placed 122 kids into NCAA Hockey (5 D-I, 117 D-II/III), an average of 8 players per team placed at NCAA D-III schools. Last season, one out of every five players in NCAA D-III hockey was recruited through the EHL. 

The junior team franchises were acquired by Mercer Chiefs affiliate, Black Bear Sports Group (“BBSG”), which owns and operates the Ice Land Skating Center. Ryan Scott, Vice President at BBSG and a former NCAA hockey player, will serve as an Alternate Governor of the NAHL franchise and be heavily involved in player personnel and business operations. “Having climbed through the American junior hockey system as player, I know the quality of talent that an NAHL team commands,” said Scott. “The NAHL team will have the privilege of working closely with Chiefs coaches to draw talent from the Chiefs teams along with some of the top 16-20 year-olds in the country that are seeking college scholarships. The league is heavily scouted by college and NHL teams and we’re excited to bring this elite level of junior hockey to Mercer County.”

NAHL and EHL tryout camps and dates will begin in May 2018. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.

Humboldt Broncos

Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs would like to extend our condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the Humboldt Broncos during this unimaginable time. From our hockey family to theirs, they are in our thoughts

IceLand & the Mercer Chiefs welcome Robert Broderick as the General Manager

Iceland 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.

"I am excited to work for Iceland in a Management position and to be a part of the Mercer Chiefs and with a guy like Chris Barcless, who I have coached against for years and have so much respect for. Our goal is to be a top tier facility for all of our families - the figure skating community, the Adult leagues, the Learn to Skate and Play programs (which are vitally important). As for Mercer Chiefs - the goal is to be the most successful youth hockey organization in the country. Success means developing our players to be the best they can be on the ice, and off the ice as well. Preparing, and playing to win is vitally important. That said development takes precedent over all. When we win, we win the right way, winning at all costs is not how we will be successful long term. We win with humility and grace: and if we lose, we also do so with honor as well. We do not accept losing, ever, but we learn by it and get better."

Ice Land Welcomes Dan Pressl

Dan Pressl is entering his 8th season as a Tier 1 coach, having coached at the U14, U16 and U18 levels for the New Jersey Rockets.  He graduated from Quinnipiac in 2010, where he co-founded the university's club hockey program.  Prior to college, he attended Delbarton, where he won a state championship and was named to the NJ all-state team in 2006.
 
"Being prepared both mentally and physically every time you get on the ice is what truly sets players apart from each other in Tier 1 youth hockey, and I try to reinforce that point every week with my teams."

Billet Families needed for the Mercer Chiefs

This season, the Mercer Chiefs are seeking local families to be billet families. What is a billet family you 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. 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.

The player pays you $375 a month and these players have all been vetted and are special young men. You are not responsible for driving them to or from the rink. They are busy and are all young men who are looking to move on to play college and professional hockey one day.

If interested please contact me at rbroderick9912@gmail.com

Rob Broderick - GM of Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs

Summer Adult League at Ice Land!

Any interested players looking for a team please contact Heather@ice-land.com and we will find you a team. We will have an A, B, and C league. $3500 per team, so roughly about $240 per player.  12 league games and playoffs. Starts on May 20th,  ending before Labor Day.

Mercer Chiefs Info

Spring League

Mike Kelly's Spring League

Mite through Peewee Spring League registration is now up.
- April 17th - June 19th
- Tuesdays 6:15-7:15p/Saturdays 9:00-10:15a and one Thursday 5/24 6:00-7:15p. 
If you have any questions, please call 609-588-6672. 

Program information - click the photo below!

Tier 2 Hockey Tryouts for the Mercer Chiefs

Are you registered for Tier 2 hockey tryouts yet? If not, head over to www.mercerchiefs.com/tryouts and sign up! 

Squirts and Mites Spring League!

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Adult League

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Ice Land Skating Center

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, rest rooms and entrance lobby, 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, 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!

Photography by Heather O'Connell Photography

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