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    Ice Land, Black Bear Sports Group, Ice Land NJ
    Important, Statement, Ice Land

    Ice Land is closed and will continue to keep our doors shut until it is safe for the public to return. We will continue to update you as best as we can and when more information is available, you will be the first to know. Due to the severity and fluidity of this situation, we are continually following updates and guidance from the CDC and our local health authorities. 

    Our programs at Ice Land will continue when it is safe to do so. At that time we will deal with missed classes, skates, tryouts, etc. Sessions will eventually continue and believe us, we understand everything won’t fit into everyone’s schedules. We kindly ask that you give us the benefit of doubt to work through all of this. Our main concern is the safety of our employees, our skaters + their families and the spread of this virus. Continue to bear with us as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We are working through it just like everyone else. Information will come as it is available. 

    Ice Land will continue to plan programs for the Spring and Summer and as soon as it is safe - we will reopen our doors! No one will miss being on the ice more than we will. The rink is not only where we work, but for many, it is our home.

    Be safe. Be well. Take care of yourselves and your family and we will see you all on the other side of this! 

    Rob Broderick GM of Iceland and Mercer Chiefs


    Upcoming Events, Dates and Programs

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    • Congratulations to the 2019 16 National AYHL Champions with Coach Chris Barcless!
    • Clint Mylymok and Brandon Gotkin Head Coach & Asst Coach of the Maryland Black Bears, of the NAHL, are training the Mercer Chiefs monthly!
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    RINK NEWS

    Adult Mini Camp!

    Bringing our first Adult Figure Skating Mini Camp to Ice Land! 

    Our first mini camp will be Saturday, April 25 at 9a-11:30a! This mini camp is open to adult skaters in any level of freestyle.

    *30 minutes of stroking + moves in the field
    *60 minutes of freestyle
    *15 minutes of interpretive
    * 30 minutes of off-ice classes
    * Practice time included
    * Refreshments will be served!

    Introductory price of $79. ($89 at the door.)


    Powerskating with Ashley Munafo - March 14!

    Powerskating with Ashley Munafo this Saturday, March 14, 12:15-1:15p. Ashley is a sought after Powerskating coach who brings her expertise to Ice Land and our hockey skaters. Get ready for tryouts and sign up for a session with Ashley. Full gear is required. Open to any travel players looking to work on their hockey skating skills and improve their skating technique! Use the link below to secure your space. Walk ins will be accommodated if space allows. 


    Welcome to the Mini Chiefs!

    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 a half hour and will be discounted to just $69 for 5 half 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 heather@ice-land.com 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.


    2020/21 Ice Land Hockey Academy

    2020 Ice Land Hockey Academy - Midget AAA/Juniors
    Off-Season Training Program run out of Ice Land Arena!

    The AAA program offers a professionally developed training program geared towards the elite, tier one players. The players will be in one of four groups - U15, U16, U18 and/or U20 for Showcases.  Emphasis is placed on player development and skill development.  The program offers the following for players at most levels:

    • Skill and game-system based on-ice training.
    • Professionally developed off-ice training.
    • Exposure to Ice Land’s junior affiliates, the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and Maryland Black Bears (NAHL).
    • Full-ice tournaments with high exposure - see tournament schedule below.
    • Advisory role for the players - coaching staff has helped place over 40 players into D1, D3, tier one and tier two juniors. Full reference list upon request.

    Philosophy

    Our focus is on complete player development and exposure for this important time in a player’s path to college/pro hockey. Our program is tailored for individual player skill, strength and mental development in a team environment.  It is called the off-season for a reason. Our goal is to make sure every athlete leaves the off-season a significantly better hockey player, with a better plan for the following season. 

    Coaching Staff

    • Rob Broderick - Ice Land and Mercer Chiefs GM, VP of Hockey Operations for Youngstown Phantoms, Scout for Maryland Black Bears, US Scout for Ottawa Junior Senators, CCHL, Midget Coach at Mercer Chiefs AAA.
    • Ashley Munafo - hockey powerskating instructor and former competitive skater.
    • Guest coaches from Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and Maryland Black Bears (NAHL).

    If you have any questions, please contact rob@ice-land.com.




    Friday Night Skills Clinics!

    Additional Friday Night Skills Clinics available for Mites to Bantams starting in March! Register with the link below! Get ready for the 2020/2021 tryout season with coaches from Ice Land! 

    Clinics will specialize in each - stick handling, shooting and passing and checking! Clinics are $25 each. 


    Stay Sharp Clinics 2020


    Learn to Skate Summer Camp 2020

    Our Learn-to-Skate ice skating camp is designed for the complete beginner to pre-freestyle* (LTS USA levels) skater (age 4+) who wants to learn how to skate, discover and practice new and exciting skills both on and off the ice, make new friends and have fun! Beat the heat and join us at the 'coolest' camp in town!

    Skaters will be busy all day - both on and off the ice - with many activities! We hope they learn to love the ice, just as much as we all do! 

    * Skaters Freestyle 1 and higher, will join our Figure Skating Camp! Pre-Freestyle may also, but it is up to each skater and how much time they wish to spend on the ice during camp. Message jenn@ice-land.com with any questions to help you decide!


    FIgure Skating Camp 2020

    Our summer figure skating camp accommodates all levels of freestyle skaters* through advanced competitive levels. All on -ice classes will be taught by our professional certified staff and will be divided by skill level. Over 4 hours of ice time daily with 2 hours of professional instruction on-ice and 1 1/2 hours of off-ice instructed activities!

    This year, Joe DeMarco will be working with our skaters for off ice training. Joe will be an amazing asset to our camp this year leaving our skaters stronger, both on and off the ice. 


    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 7:30-8:30p! 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!

    Next session starts January 26!


    Seeking Billet Families for the 2020/21 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, March 6 and/or Sunday, March 8. 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!)

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    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 Manager - Jenn Del Rosario - jenndelro@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

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    Shore Hockey Shop West - Hours

    Monday,  3/9 - 5:00p - 9:30p
    Tuesday, 3/10 - 5:30p - 9:00p
    Wednesday, 3/11 - 5:00p - 9:15p
    Thursday, 3/12 - 5:00p - 9:00p
    Friday, 3/13 - 4:30p - 7:30p
    Saturday, 3/14 - 8:00a  - 1:00p
    Sunday, 3/15 - 8:00a - 1:00p 

     


    DeMarco Training, Hamilton, NJ

    DeMarco Training is the official trainer of the Mercer Chiefs and the Skating Club of Ice Land!



    Get your gift certificates and give the gift of skating! Available in any denomination or for a certain event (Ie: Learn-to-Skate, Public Skating, etc.)! Stop in today!


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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!

    Summer Hockey Camp at Ice Land

    Summer Hockey Camp with Chris Barcless! Click photo to register and secure your space!

    Summer Hockey Camp at Ice Land

    Rec and Learn to Play level hockey camp at Ice Land with Coach Barcless! Click the photo to register!

    Spring High School League at ICe Land

    Sign up for our Spring High School League! Click the photo to register!

    3v3 at Ice Land

    Sign up for our Spring 3v3 today! Click the photo to register!


    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!
    *Next test session -
    Tuesday, February 25
    *Spring Show -
    The Roaring Twenties!
    Sunday, May 17


    Happy 1st official Anniversary to the Skating Club of Ice Land! What a year it has been!


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

    2020/21 Season Tryouts -
    U14-U19 April 7-9
    U14 - 6-7p
    U16 - 7:10-8:10p
    U19 8:20-9:20p

    Princeton Tiger Lilies Girls Hockey, Ice Land, Hamilton NJ

    Princeton Youth, Princeton Tigers Logo
    Princeton Youth Hockey Association, Tryouts 2020

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    PRinceton Youth, Ice Land Hamilton, NJ

    New logos are in at Ice Land!


    Additional Rink Info

    SUmmer camp at Ice Land, Hamilton, NJ, Learn to Skate Camp

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    Figure Skating Camp at Ice Land, Figure Skating, Ice Land, Hamilton, NJ

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    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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    Senior Chiefs, Adult LTP at Ice Land
    Adult LTP at Ice Land, Senior Chiefs

    Adult Learn-to-Play at Ice Land is off to a smashing success! Click the photo for more information!

    Adult Classes, Adult Skating Lessons at Ice Land

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    Ice Land Skating Center

    Phone: 609-588-6672

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