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    Procedures + Protocols for practices + game days!

    • If you are NOT feeling well - do not come to the rink! If you have been in contact with anyone who has COVID, do not come to the rink! Please be honest.
    • Masks are required EVERYWHERE in the rink, except on the ice. You must leave your mask on while getting your skates on!
    • Do not arrive for practice or games more than 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. You will be asked to wait outside, not in the vestibule.
    • Upon arrival, everyone MUST stop at the front desk for a temperature check and to see what ‘area’ your team is assigned to. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will not be permitted further into the building and must immediately exit.
    • Goalies may enter 20-30 minutes before their scheduled start time and may bring their bags in. This will be the ONLY exception to the hockey bag rule.
    • The State of NJ is currently not allowing ANY spectators into the building for games AND practices and that includes parents! One individual from each team will be allowed in to livestream the game. Two individuals from the HOME team will be allowed in to handle the scoreboard/clock and sheets for games. (Unless arranged otherwise with our rink manager.) Everyone must check-in at the front desk and announce their duties at the rink for the game. Only the above individuals will be allowed in other than players and coaches.
    • Locker rooms will not be utilized. Please come to the rink dressed. Carry in your skates, helmet, sticks and gloves. No hockey bags may be brought into the rink. You may use the benches and/or chairs in your area to put on your skates. You may leave your shoes, mask, etc. in your area while you are on the ice. Please put your mask back on as soon as you get off the ice at end of your game/practice.
    • You must leave within 5 minutes of finishing your game/practice to make room for incoming teams.

    Waiver for Hockey Teams Playing at Ice Land

    Please fill out THIS waiver if your hockey team is coming TO Ice Land to play a game with ANY of our teams at Ice Land! If you aren't sure if you have filled this out before, do it again! These waivers will be sorted by team AND birth year so it is imperative that you use the form below! Players will NOT be allowed on the ice without a current waiver form below! 

    Home AND Away teams MUST fill out this waiver! 

    The Chiefs have dedicated the remainder of the season to injured Philadelphia Little Flyers player Brian Page, who recently suffered a severe spinal cord injury. 

    87 Strong - Link to Brian Page's Go Fund Me Page.

    Mercer Chiefs News

    Congrats to our 08's - 2019-20 AYHL Champions!
    Coach Chris Barcless + Asst. Coach Mike Kuzma

    Mercer Chiefs, Ice Land Skating Center

    We are partnering with Elite Junior Profiles!

    We are excited to announce a new partnership between Elite Junior Profiles and the Chiefs! This partnership expands our mission to help student athletes reach their college and professional goals. EJP provides athletes access to an affordable platform to build  an online resume and profile they can share with coaches, scouts and even prospective employers. EJP helps our student-athletes get better exposure and EJP profiles rank quickly in Google searches for the athlete's name which is a key component to the recruiting process. Click the link below to get your player profile started!

    Official link to register through the Chiefs -

    For more information, click the red box below!

    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

    Congrats to Mercer Chief drafted into USHL!

    Mike Sullo, Mercer Chiefs, Drafter by USHL

    Major congratulations go out to Mercer Chiefs player Mike Sullo for being drafted into the USHL draft by the Youngstown Phantoms! ‘Mike is a terrific young man and a very special hockey player! He has a tremendous work ethic, as strong as anyone I have coached,’ said Rob Broderick of the Chiefs. ‘Mike is a hard working kid. Very coachable. Great speed and can put the puck in the net. He is a great kid from a great family,’ said Coach Barcless. We look forward to seeing all the great things that are coming Mike's way.  Congratulations  Mike!

    Art Femenella hired as Midget Defensive Coach!

    Art Femenella, Mercer Chiefs Defensive Coach

    The Mercer Chiefs are excited to announce that we have hired Art Femenella as the Defensive Coach for the Mercer Chiefs U16 and U18 teams! Coach Rob Broderick said, ‘Art coached with me a few years back and is one of the good ones! He will not only bring his expertise to the teams, but he will help these kids in so many different ways, especially our defensemen.’ Art was a draft choice of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL, he played four years at the University of Vermont, he was a NDTP guy and a defenseman for the Sioux City Musketeers in USHL. We are lucky to bring him onto our staff!

    2020 Ice Land Summer 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.


    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

    Three Chiefs players selected for the USA National Camp in Buffalo!

    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!

    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!

    Ross Colton, Mercer Chiefs player, signed to the 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 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 organization is thrilled to announce that the Mercer family is now owners of a USHL franchise. Ice Land and Mercer Chiefs General Manager Rob Broderick said, “This is a game changer for the Mercer Chiefs hockey club. USHL is the best Junior League in the country, the only Tier One Junior League in the United States. The Chiefs are now part of an organization with an NAHL team, a EHL team and now a USHL team. The Chiefs players will have the opportunity to play for a great program from Mites through the two best Junior programs in the United States. This is a very exciting day for the Mercer Chiefs!" Chiefs Hockey Director Chris Barclass said, "This is a great day for the Mercer Chiefs family. Now the Chiefs organization has the EHL, the NAHL and the USHL as options for our top Tier One Midget Players."

    Congratulations to Coby and Chip drafted

    A big congratulations to Coby Auslander and Chip Hamlett for being drafted by the Boston Bandits. Coby and Chip are both on the U18AAA Premier team for the 2018 season for the Chiefs. "Two terrific players, the Bandits picked two gamers. Coby was taken first overall in the draft. "He is a smart, talented forward and Chip is a solid two way defenseman. They are both solid on both sides of the puck," said Mercer Chiefs U18 Coach and GM Rob Broderick. Congrats Coby and Chip!


    Not pictured: Dan Pressl - 18 Elite, Joe Wagner - 16 American

    The Mercer Chiefs U18 Premier team officially finished in 2nd place in the AYHL U18 division, behind only the North Jersey Avalanche in the top U18 league. The team finished first overall in the ECEL 18 Premier Division!

    Ice Land, Mercer Chiefs U16 Champions

    Congratulations to the 2018/19 U16 AYHL Champions, under the direction of Coach Barcless!

    Congratulations to Aidan McDowell for being drafted by the Maryland Black Bears in the NAHL Draft! We are so proud of you and can't wait to see you play in the NAHL!

    Congratulations to Aidan McDowell for being drafted by the Maryland Black Bears in the NAHL Draft! We can't wait to see you play in the NAHL!

    Click Here for AYHL site

    Click logo to go to the AYHL website!

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    Rob  Broderick

    Rob Broderick


    Phone: 3478862185

    Chris  Barcless

    Chris Barcless

    T1 Master Scheduler/Hockey Director

    Marco Escalona

    Marco Escalona

    Goalie Coach

    Mercer Chiefs

    The Mercer Chiefs competitive hockey program offers a structured and disciplined venue for children up to the age of 18 to participate in a highly competitive travel hockey league. The program is selective in matching a child’s physical ability and skill level with the appropriate level of competition and developmental options. The Mercer Chiefs Tier 1 AAA teams offer the highest level of competition both regionally and nationally and compete within the AYHL and at high-level tournaments throughout the country. Tier 1 hockey programs require a significant commitment from both the player and their parents or guardians with respect to practices, games, and tournaments and this commitment should be carefully considered before participating in the program. The rewards gained from this commitment are significant for all involved. The primary focus of the Mercer Chiefs program has been and will continue to be on the development, competitiveness, and enjoyment of the player participating in high level athletic competition.

    Player Development


    • Maximizing the amount of on-ice practices.
    • Emphasis on fundamentals & skill development.
    • Certified coaching staff for all practices.
    • Pre-season Mini Camp in late August.

    Regular season begins in September and runs through March.

    Rink Contact Info

    General Manager of Ice Land and the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick -
    Assistant Manager - Jenn Del Rosario -
    Hockey Director - Chris Barcless -
    Skating Director and Office Manager - Jenn Schaffener -
    Facilities Manager - Matt Conti -
    Adult Hockey League Director - Heather O'Connell -
    Pro Shop - Brian Arnott -
    General Information -

    Coach Contact Info

    Mercer Chiefs Mite Director  -
    Brett Aimone -

    2011 - Brett Aimone -
    2009 + 2010 - Marco Escalona -
    2007 + 2008 - Chris Barcless -
    2006 - Oscar Watson -
    U15 Pure - Krzysztof Oliwa -
    16 American - Joe Wagner -
    U18 Premier + U16 National - Rob Broderick -
    U18 Elite - Dan Pressl -

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