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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 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.
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.)
Click here for more information and to register!
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 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."
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 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.
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
Skating Club of Ice Land - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hockey Inquiries - email@example.com
General Information - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hamilton Huskies Full Ice Mite Hockey Director - Mike Kelly email@example.com
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 -
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 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!
Monday, July 22 : 2:00p - 9:00p
Tuesday, July 23 : 4:00p - 9:00p
Wednesday, July 24 : 5:00p - 9:00p
Thursday, July 25 : 5:00p to 9:00p
Friday, July 26 : 8:00a to 1:00p
Saturday, July 27 : TBD
Sunday, July 28 : TBD
Come out, have fun and test yourself against only Midget AAA players and above! No shenanigans - just warm up and drop the puck for a very fast paced controlled scrimmage.
Players over the past 10 years have been a mix of top D1, D3, Junior and Midget players.
If interested, please contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org or text at 347-886-2185. It is only $20 a skate! Players may not be below midget AAA to qualify. The last few years the response has been overwhelming, so register/text ASAP to secure spot.
All Chiefs practices are on the calendar on the Mercer Chiefs page. Click here to view them! Make sure to select all tags if your calendar appears empty on first view.
Congratulations to Aidan on this amazing accomplishment. We are beyond proud of you!
* Membership renewals and new members being accepted now!
* Only online applications will be accepted. No more paper apps.
Click here to register!
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