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Powerskating Hour Added!

Just added - an hour of instructed powerskating broken down into levels according to ability! Powerskating hour is taught by two figure skating/power skating instructors! You will work on edges, turns, stopping techniques, crossovers, proper leg extensions and more! Full gear is optional, but you must wear at least gloves and a hockey helmet. Check the calendar for where it says 'powerskating.' Times will change, but we will do our best to keep them the same. We will also be looking to add more times! Questions?

Hamilton Huskies

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.

Tryout dates coming soon! Stay tuned here and on Ice Land’s website for more information.

Welcome Princeton Youth!

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!

All skaters interested in playing Tier 2, after the Tier 1 tryouts at Ice Land, we hope will play for the Princeton Youth Tigers. Princeton Youth tryout information will be posted on the Princeton Youth website as well as the Ice Land website as it’s available.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Ice Land, the Mercer Chiefs and now, the Princeton Youth Tigers!

Learn-to-Play Camp - New this summer!

New for this Summer! Learn-to-Play camp with hockey director Chris Barcless! We are very excited to bring this camp to Ice Land this Summer and we are hoping to be able to offer it additional weeks! Camp will include on ice drills, game play and skills!

Click below for more information and to register!

This is NOT a Learn-to-Skate camp. Skaters need to know how to swizzle forward and backward. Some knowledge of c cuts and crossovers is a plus! Full gear is required.

Learn-to-Skate Summer Camp at Ice Land!

We are excited to announce our Learn-to-Skate Summer Camp at Ice Land this summer! Our ice skating camp is designed for the complete beginner to freeskate (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' place 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!

Summer Hockey Academy at Ice Land!

2019 Ice Land Hockey Academy - Midget AAA/Tier One & Two Juniors Off-Season Training Program run out of Ice Land!

The AAA program offers a professionally developed training program with an appropriate number of scrimmages, games and tournaments. The players will be in one of four groups - U15, U16, U18 and/or U20 for Showcases.  These teams, and this program, is geared toward the elite tier one players.  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
·         Scrimmages (at least two local scrimmages)
·         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.)


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. 

Click here for more information and to register!

There is a new club in town!

Ice Land is proud to announce our new skating club - The Skating Club of Ice Land!
Click here for more information!

'The Skating Club of Ice Land is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that inspires and motivates a positive atmosphere and attitude in all regards of a skater’s life – both on and off the ice. SCIL, an affiliated club of USFS, is built on positivity, team building, family and friendships that will last a lifetime.'

We are so excited to start this new adventure at the rink!
Welcome to the rink Skating Club of Ice Land!

New Learn-to-Skate classes!

New Learn-to-Skate start Friday, March 29th and/or Sunday, March 31st. Missed the first classes? No worries. You can easily do a makeup on one of the other days! Head over to to register and for more information.

We also have Totsicles on Monday and Thursday mornings and Tot Stars Skate and Create on Wednesday mornings! Use the 'skating tab' above to click around for more information!

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

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!

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;…/

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.

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

New dehumidifiers for both rinks!

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!

Ice Land & 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.

Contact Information

General Manager of Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick -
Assistant General Manager - Jared Romanski -
Hockey Director - Chris Barcless -
Skating Director and Office Manager - Jenn Schaffener -

Facilities Manager - Ed Seeley -
Adult Hockey League Director - Heather O'Connell -
Pro Shop - Brian Arnott -
Skating Club of Ice Land -
Hockey Inquiries -
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Shore Hockey Shop West - Hours

Monday, April 22 : 5p to 8p
Tuesday, April 23 : 5p to 7:30p 
Wednesday, April 24: CLOSED
Thursday, April 25 : 5p to 8:30p
Friday, April 26 : CLOSED

Saturday, April 27 : TBD
Sunday, April 28 : TBD

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Tryouts are coming! Registration is now open for 2019-2020 season tryouts...sign up and tell a friend. You can find all the information regarding dates, location and fees at for 8U, 10U and 12U tryouts and for 14U, 16U and 18U tryouts.

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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 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!

Photography by Heather O'Connell Photography

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Phone: 609-588-6672


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