New Learn-to-Skate starts Friday, August 10 and/or Wednesday, August 15. Smaller class sizes for the summer equals more individual attention. Stay cool with us the rest of the summer! Head over to www.ice-land.com/learntoskate to register.
ALL practices, games, public and freestyle sessions, events, etc. will ALWAYS be listed here and on the full calendar. Make sure to check the calendar before heading to the rink. Any changes will always be noted here. Please bear with us during the summer months as we are down to one sheet of ice for renovations. The online calendar will be updated weekly. Thank you again for choosing Ice Land and we look forward to sharing all of the new and exciting things happening here at the rink!
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 Junior Hockey News ranked the best Tier-2 and Tier-3 Junior Leagues in North America, ratings were based on the 2017-18 season and how teams/league move players on to the NHL, College, USHL and/or Major Junior programs in Canada.
To no surprise, the NAHL was chosen as the best Tier-2 league in North America and the EHL as the best Tier-3 league.
"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."
Full Article on Tier-2 Juniors;
“The EHL, was once again the top producer of NCAA prospects at the Tier III level. The EHL also continued to move players on to Tier II when those opportunities were presented. The EHL lead all Tier III leagues in NCAA D-3 and D-2 placements. Be the best at one thing and you don’t have to worry about what anyone else may be doing."
Full Article on Tier-3 Juniors;
Ice Land welcomes Edward Seeley as our Facilities Manager. Ed brings over 12 years of premier ice maintenance and facilities management experience with him to Ice Land. Ed is a perfectionist and looks forward to improving the customer experience at Ice Land and making it a top ice rink destination in New Jersey. This is another example of Ice Land's commitment to having the best ice and facility around. Please welcome Ed to Ice Land!
Two brand new dehumidifiers were dropped off at the rink on May 8! They were ordered back in January and after much anticipation, have finally arrived. This will solve many of the issues we currently have in Rink B with the old system including fog, water leakage, moisture and not being able to see in or out of the glass. To say everyone at the rink is very excited about the new dehumidifiers - is an understatement!
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.
NAHL and EHL tryout camps and dates will begin in May 2018. Dates and locations will be announced shortly.
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."
General Manager of Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick - email@example.com
Assistant General Manager - Jared Romanski - 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
Hockey Inquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
General Information - email@example.com
Facebook - facebook.com/icelandskating
Twitter - twitter.com/icelandhamilton
Instagram - instagram.com/icelandskatingcenter
Mercer Chiefs Facebook - facebook.com/mercerchiefshockey
Mercer Chiefs Twitter - twitter.com/mercer_chiefs
Mercer Chiefs Instagram - instagram.com/mercerchiefshockey
Monday, Aug 13 : 3 to 9p
Tuesday, Aug 14 : 3 to 9:30p
Wednesday, Aug 15 : 5:30 to 9:30p
Thursday, Aug 16 : Closed
Friday, Aug 17 : 4 to 7p
Saturday, Aug 18 : 8:30a to 1:30p
Sunday, Aug 19 : Closed
The Mercer Chiefs are looking for a few players at the following levels - (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an evaluation.)
-2009 AAA (1)
-Squirt A (1)
-U15 Pure (1)
-U16 American (1)
Chris Barcless Hockey Clinics -
8/6-8/10 and 8/13-8/17
Click on the link below for our 2018 Summer Hockey Clinics run by Chris Barcless! Don't wait to sign up as space is limited. All information including ages, dates, etc., can be found by clicking the link above.
Stay tuned for more clinics throughout the summer! See you on the ice!
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, 2 brand new dehumidifiers in each rink, 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!
Perfect for Learn-to-Skate, Learn-to-Play and hockey - available with and without the cage.
Bucket hats and baseball style hats available with the Mercer Chiefs logo!
Check the online calendar for up to date public sessions and times! From September to June, we have weekly public skating sessions on Friday & Saturday evenings, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday afternoons!
Check the online calendar for dates and times for Open Hockey sessions held at the rink. From September to June, we have Open Hockey sessions midday during the week and on one or more evenings!
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