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    RINK NEWS

    Try Hockey for Free Day!

    Try hockey for Free Day, Ice Land Hamilton NJ

    Welcome to our Try Hockey for FREE Day at Ice Land on Sunday, September 15th, from 10:30a-12:30p!

    Classes are ONLY for skaters who have NEVER taken any Learn-to-Play/Hockey classes before and want to try to play hockey - for FREE! No strings attached!

    Classes for skaters up to age 6 will be at 10:30a.
    Classes for skaters up to age 9 will be at 11:00a.
    Classes for skaters 10 and up will be held at 11:30a.

    Skaters may practice during the opposite times of their lessons, on the other side of the cones between 10:30a-12:30p.

    Please BRING a helmet. (Hockey helmets are required if you sign up for a hockey program, but for FREE hockey day, a bike helmet is fine!) Bring hockey gear, sticks/pucks, whatever you may have! We will have some equipment available to borrow, but it is first come, first serve. We have plenty of rental skates, but they are also first come, first serve and they WILL run out! Please arrive early to get geared up as it tends to get hectic! Classes will not/cannot be made up if you are late to FREE Hockey day. For safety reasons, skaters are grouped according to age and then broken down into different skill levels once on the ice!

    The gear we have collected will be available on Free Hockey Day or this Tuesday, 9/10 from 8-9p and Wednesday, 9/11 from 7:30-8:30p. First come first serve.

    We do ask that you pre-register as we may fill up and close registrations. Please print your receipt and bring it with you at check in! If we close registrations, walk-ins will be taken after all pre-registrations are checked in and if we can accommodate more skaters!

    See you on Sunday the 15th!

    https://ice-land.sportngin.com/register/form/102482882


    Introducing Adult Learn to Play!

    Adult Learn to Play, Adult Hockey, Ice Land Hamilton NJ

    You asked and we answered! Adult Learn-to-Play at Ice Land! Sunday nights from 8:30-9:30p starting September 22! 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!


    Free Learn to Skate Day - September 13!

    Free Learn to Skate Day at Ice Land!

    Welcome to our FREE Learn-to-Skate Classes at Ice Land on Friday, September 13th, from 5:30-7:00p!

    Classes are ONLY for skaters who have NEVER taken Learn-to-Skate classes before. (You can know how to skate, but have never formally taken a Learn-to-Skate class before!)

    Classes for skaters up to age 6 will be at 5:30.
    Classes for skaters up to age 10 will be at 6:00p.
    Classes for skaters 11 and up will be held at 6:30p.

    Skaters may practice the opposite times of their lessons on the other side of the cones between 5:30-7p.

    Please wear a helmet, bring gloves/mittens, dress warm and bring skates if you have them. We have plenty of rental skates, but sizes are first come, first serve and they WILL run out! Please arrive early as it tends to get hectic! Classes will not be made up if you are late to free Learn-to-Skate day and for safety reasons, skaters are grouped according to age and then broken down into skill level once on the ice!

    We do ask that you pre-register as we may fill up and close registrations. Please print your receipt and bring it with you at check in! If we close registrations, walk-ins will be taken after all pre-registrations and if we can accommodate!

    See you on Friday the 13th!

    https://ice-land.sportngin.com/register/form/252538930


    Seeking Billet Families for the 2019/20 season!

    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 rbroderick9912@gmail.com.


    Congratulations to 3 of our Mercer Chiefs players!

    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 is 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.

    Congratulations boys and good luck in Buffalo!


    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 2019/20 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.
     
    Hamilton Huskies Full Ice Mite Hockey Director - Mike Kelly mkelly12876@aol.com

    Welcome Princeton Youth!

    Princeton Youth, Princeton Tigers Logo

    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 classes!

    Learn to Skate at Ice Land, Hamilton, NJ

    New Learn-to-Skate start on Friday, September 20 and/or Sunday, September 22. 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!)

    www.ice-land.com/totsicles
    + www.ice-land.com/totstars


    Mercer Chiefs Player Signed to Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL!

    Ross Colton, Tampa Bay Lightning, Former Chiefs Player

    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!


    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.


    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.


    Contact Information

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

    Facilities Manager - Ed Seeley - ed@ice-land.com
    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
    Hockey Inquiries - hockey@ice-land.com
    General Information - information@ice-land.com

    Hamilton Huskies Full Ice Mite Hockey Director - Mike Kelly mkelly12876@aol.com


    Official Social Media Links

    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 -
    www.ice-land.com/skatingcluboficeland
    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

    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!

    Directions

    6 Tennis Court, Hamilton, NJ Ice Land

    Shore Hockey Shop West - Hours

    Monday,  9/9 - 5:00p - 10:30p
    Tuesday, 9/10 - 5:00p -10:30p
    Wednesday, 9/11 - 5:00p - 10:15p
    Thursday, 9/12 - 5:00p - 10:30p
    Friday, 9/13 - 3:00p - 8:30p
    Saturday, 9/14 - 9:30a - 7:00p
    Sunday, 9/15 - 8:00a - 8:00p


    Powerskating Hour

    Check the online calendar for dates and times. Powerskating Hour will be added as time is available in the schedule!


    Recycle the Game, Drop off used equipment at Ice Land

    Recycle the game with us at Ice Land! We are accepting equipment to use for our FREE Hockey Day (9/15) + Adult Learn-to-Play! (Helmets cannot be expired.) Do you have equipment? Let's share it!


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

    Congratulations to Aidan on this amazing accomplishment. We are beyond proud of you!


    Skating Club of Ice Land, Junior Leaders

    * Membership renewals and new members being accepted now! 
    * Only online applications will be accepted. No more paper apps.
    Click here to register!


    Princeton Tiger Lilies, Girls Hockey, Ice Land, Hamilton, NJ
    Princeton Tiger Lilies Girls Hockey, Ice Land, Hamilton NJ

    And so the new season begins!


    Princeton Youth, Princeton Tigers Logo
    PRinceton Youth, Ice Land Hamilton, NJ

    New logos are in at Ice Land!


    Additional Rink Info

    Learn to Skate at Ice Land in Hamilton

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    Junior Chiefs Rec Hockey at Ice Land
    Learn to Play Hockey at Ice Land

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    Learn to Play Hockey at Ice Land
    Adult Classes, Adult Skating Lessons at Ice Land

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    Rec Hockey at Ice Land, Junior Chiefs

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    Free Learn to Skate Day at Ice Land!

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    Free Fockey Day at Ice Land in Hamilton NJ

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