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Ice Land is temporarily closed for the Spring and Summer as we renovate both of our ice surfaces. We anticipate a late August reopening, but stay tuned for updates. Many of our programs will continue at local rinks, so be sure to check the appropriate webpages for more information! Follow along on Facebook for updates, information and more! +

While we are closed, feel free to reach out to Rob, Jenn, Heather or Matt with questions. Phone staff will be limited. There will be someone at the Front Desk, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-3p, to answer phone calls, take payments, and to retrieve and return messages. 

Payments being called in or sent to the rink, MUST be done and/or received at least 5 days before they are due. We have limited staff at the rink right now due to renovations and payments WILL NOT be hand processed by us, over the weekends. Once a payment is processed, it CANNOT be cancelled. Please do not wait until the last minute! All due dates are on your invoice and in your Athlete Trax accounts.

Rob Broderick - GM of Ice Land + the Chiefs -
Jenn Schaffener - Skating Director, Office Manager, Social Media -
Heather O'Connell - Master Scheduler, Adult League, Learn to Play + Rec Hockey Director -
Matt Conti - Facilities Manager -

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! 

All team information, including contact info for the coach(es) + team manager(s), can be found on the 'Team Pages' tab! 

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

Former Chief Ross Colton Game Winning Goal in the Stanley Cup!

Ice Land had the pleasure of hosting Ross Colton and the Stanley Cup at Ice Land, July 16, 2021! We are honored Ross chose Ice Land as one of his many stops today! We are so proud of you, Ross! Enjoy it.

Two words, one name - Ross Colton. Stanley. Cup. Game. Winning. Goal. As you can probably tell, we are beyond excited and proud at our little rink, in our little town of Hamilton, NJ. We watched one of our very own not only follow his dreams to the NHL, not only score in his second shift ever on NHL ice, not only make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs with his team, not only score goals during the Stanley Cup playoffs, BUT score the game winning (And only!) goal of the game for his team to become the 2021 Stanley Cup Champions! 

Ross started playing ice hockey with the Chiefs at Ice Land many years ago and he was a Chief from Mites to Midgets, leaving one year for PeeWee but returning back to his roots the next season. Coach Barcless was his coach from PeeWee Major to Midget Minor. He then went on to play for Coach Rob Broderick with the Rockets, his second year of Midgets. Ross also played at Princeton Day School and then went to the Taft School in Connecticut. He finished High School in Cedar Rapids where he played for 2 years in the USHL and then attended the University of Vermont for 2 years. Ross left early to play in the AHL in Syracuse for 2 years, before he was called up to the NHL to play for the Tampa Bay Lightening this February!

All the while, when he was home, you could find him at Ice Land training on his home ice, with his home coach, Chris Barcless. Ross credits Chris with being one of his biggest influences in his career. You better believe Ross keeps in contact with Chris regularly, keeping him in the loop on everything hockey and still comes home to train with him!

Chris said, ‘I've been so lucky and fortunate to work with so many great players over the last 25 years. To have a former player win the Stanley Cup is an incredible feeling! Ross deserves everything he has achieved. I knew he was bound to do something special in hockey. I just never imagined it would be this great. I'm so happy for him and his family.’

Ice Land and the Chiefs have always been a special place to Ross, often returning to help Chris at his infamous summer camps, to train or to coach. This past season he was co-coaching at Ice Land for the Chiefs U18 Premier and U16 National teams with his brother Rob Colton and Head Coach Rob Broderick, his former Midget coach, who is now the General Manager of Ice Land and the Chiefs. Talk about full circle for both Rob Broderick and Ross!

Rob Broderick said, ‘I know Ross will say Chris Barcless is the biggest reason he is where he is. Development is key and nobody is better than Chris - nobody. I coached Ross at Midgets but he was already a phenom. One of the best periods of my coaching experience was sharing the bench with Ross and his brother Rob this past year. So proud of Ross, and Chris, and the Mercer Chiefs!’

While Ross was coaching this past year, he formed a bond with many of the players on the team. During the Chiefs’ season, Ross was called up to Tampa Bay’s bench. Even after a hard fought loss for the Chiefs in the playoffs, a game Ross couldn’t make because he was, you know, playing in the NHL, he took the time to reach out to the players and let them know how proud he was of all of them.

Elliott Lareau, who was lucky enough to be coached by Ross this past season on the U18 Premier team said, ‘Ross had a special bond with the players because he is only a couple of years older than us. He would take the time to talk hockey with us, me being a center and Ross being a center, Ross helped me a lot with face-offs.’ Elliot went on to say how proud he was of Ross and what a surreal experience it was having just been coached by Ross months earlier and now his coach is in the Stanley Cup!

Surreal is right. Dreams do come true, even from our little rink, in our little town. #onceachiefalwaysachief

Chris Barcless Named Youth Hockey Coach of the Year!

Our very own Chris Barcless was honored with the Youth Coach of the Year award with the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association this year. ‘I’m honored and grateful to be recognized but this award really isn’t about me. It’s about our ownership and organization and all of the people involved that made this season possible. Those are the ones that deserve the credit,’ Chris said. Always humble, always kind, it’s perfectly fitting that Chris would take the chance to honor everyone else when given the award! We are truly the lucky ones to have Chris with the Chiefs and Ice Land! Congratulations Chris!

Score for the Cure!

Score for the Cure is an ice hockey tournament and full day event that will take place on Saturday, August 14 at Revolution Ice Gardens in Warminster, PA. The tournament will also include a 5K race, family fun activities, delicious food, live music, and more. Proceeds will go to fund the research of type 1 diabetes (T1D) and advocacy initiatives conducted by JDRF.

Notable Flyers alumni scheduled to participate in the hockey tournament portion of the event include Brian Propp, Riley Cote, and Doug Crossman.

Black Bear Sports Group has donated the full usage of the facility for this event, which will take over the entire complex that day. As a thank you to the Black Bear Sports Group, part of the proceeds will be directed to Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation to support youth in their pursuit to play hockey that otherwise would not be able to.

In early 2021, a group of volunteers involved with the Keystone Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) decided to unite their energy and resources to host a fundraiser benefiting JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research, and SCORE FOR THE CURE was born.

The group, led by Nicole Skaro of CIT Bank and Sean McCabe of SERVPRO, comprises David Velasco and Steve Roderick of JGS Insurance; Robyn Colajezzi, Becca Herman, Amanda O’Connor additionally of SERVPRO; Anne Yannarella of National Contractors, Inc.; Michael Shaw of Keystone CAI; Suzanne Kulliver of Access Property Management; Deb Rizzi of Rizco; David Dahan of Hyland Levin Shapiro, LLC; Megan Elgard of Falcon Engineering; Barry Siburkis of ATI Restoration; and Kevin Morrow of the Philadelphia Builders Union.

“It’s been amazing to see such talented, driven business people come together for such a great cause,” said volunteer Sean McCabe from SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, Germantown, and Pennypack/Bustleton. “Hockey was a natural selection as many of us are enthusiasts and we personally know many young players afflicted with Type 1”.

The group hopes to make this an annual event with the first year's goal to raise $50,000. If you are interested in participating on August 14 or would like to donate to the cause, please visit

About Type 1 Diabetes: Type 1 Diabetes typically develops in children and adolescents, but it can also develop in adults. Various factors, such as genetics and viruses, can contribute to the development of this disease, but it has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes must suffer through insulin injections, disruptive glucose monitoring, and sleepless nights while carefully balancing their eating and activity. Living with Type 1 diabetes grants no days off and there is no cure.

About JDRF: JDRF has been a global leader in the search for the cure to Type 1 Diabetes for over 40 years. They also work to improve the lives of every person living with Type 1 Diabetes until they arrive at that goal. JDRF focuses primarily on developing cure therapies and treatment therapies and researching preventative therapies for the disease.

For more information, contact:

Nicole Skaro

Former Chief makes his NHL debut!

Former Chief and U18 Premier Assistant Coach, Ross Colton, made his NHL debut 2/24/21 for the Tampa Bay Lightening!  You have made the Chiefs so unbelievably proud! From Ice Land to the NHL! The sky is the limit!

Coach Barcless said, ‘I couldn’t be more happy and excited for a player like Ross. The amount of time he puts into his training and preparation, got him this once in a lifetime opportunity! He deserves to be in the NHL!’ Ross continues to train with Coach Barcless regularly at Ice Land!

AND HE SCORES! His second shift EVER in an NHL game and he puts one in the net! Proud is an understatement! The Chiefs are sharing in your excitement, Ross! We can't wait to see where this journey takes you!

New 2009 + 2010 coach for the 2021/22 season!

The Mercer Chiefs are happy to announce that Ross Carmichael will be joining the Mercer Chiefs organization as the 2009 + 2010 Head Coach in the 2021-22 season!

Ross grew up playing youth hockey for the Mercer Chiefs organization under Coach Barcless from Peewee Minor through Midgets, winning the AYHL and competing at USA Hockey Nationals his final season. In high school, he played three years at Princeton Day School and then a post-graduate year at National Sports Academy. He also played one season for the Tri-State Selects. In college, Ross played four seasons for Castelton University (NCAA Div III). He served as Assistant Team Captain for the 2006-07 season, ranked in the top ten in the country for three of the four seasons and was the 2005 ECAC Rookie of the Week.

Ross began coaching with the San Diego Gulls/Sabers in the Western States Hockey League and the San Diego Jr. Gulls youth program. His 2016-17 AAA Bantam Major team won a CAHA state championship and represented CAHA at Districts. His teams qualified for WSHL playoffs an impressive six out of seven seasons!

‘Ross will be an outstanding mentor to these young players and is a terrific skills coach as well,’ said Coach Chris Barcless ‘We are lucky to have Ross as part of the Chiefs organization.’

Also, another exciting announcement for not only the 2009-2010 teams but for all of the Mercer Chief AAA teams - they will ALL work with Joe DeMarco during the season for their off-ice training, with access to his gym. Joe is a huge part of the Mercer Chiefs family and his extensive resume speaks for itself!

Black Bear Selects Team for 2006 Birth Years!

Black Bear Sports Group creates the Black Bear Selects team to compete in international competition! The team will compete at the World Selects Trophy in Nashville, TN from June 28-July 2, 2021.

Black Bear Sports Group has created a new invitation only tournament hockey team at the 2006 birth year level called Black Bear Selects. The team will compete at the international World Selects Trophy from June 28-July 2, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The World Selects Trophy tournament feature the top teams and players from the United Sates, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and more. The tournament is considered one of the most highly scouted and competitive events in youth hockey.

The Black Bear Selects will be led by Chris Kanaly, Rob Broderick, Chad Dlugolecki, and Pat Ferrill, four elite coaches in the Atlantic District, to build and guide an elite group of youth hockey players born in 2006. The coaches will use advanced scouting, coaching relationships, and player identification to select the team.

"Through the tireless efforts of our amazing coaches, I am thrilled that we can offer this program to our players," said Murry Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group. "It’s an honor for us to have the opportunity to send our young athletes to this event where they can compete against the best 2006 born hockey players in the world.”

For more information on Black Bear Selects and how to get scouted, contact:

Chris Kanaly (609) 713-4520
Chad Dlugloecki (973) 517-3913
Rob Broderick (347) 886-2185
Pat Ferrill (215) 852-3506

For Black Bear Sports Group, contact:
Ryan Scott (240) 223-1338

JB Hockey Academy - Spring Hockey Program

JB Hockey Academy - Spring Hockey Program for 2008 and older! Stay tuned for additional details and registration coming soon!

Includes - Training Ice -
- 10 hours of ice at Ice Land, Pro Skate or Grundy. Depending on the needs of the team, this can be provided as training weekends or weekday practices.
- $750 - The full package includes jersey + socks.

2008 Birth Year - Coach Chris Barcless
-Top Tier, May 14-16, Pittsburgh, PA
-2nd more local Showcase - TBD

2007 Birth Year - Coach Chris Barcless
-Top Tier, May 14-16, Pittsburgh, PA
-2nd more local Showcase TBD

2006 Birth Year - Coach Chris Barcless
-Top Tier, May 14-16, Pittsburgh, PA
-2nd more local Showcase TBD

2005 Birth Year - Coach TBD
-This will include top Showcases which Coach Broderick has done for 15 years - such as Pre-Draft, Chowder Cup, and the Battle of Boston.

2004, 2003 Birth Years, and U20 - Coach Rob Broderick
-This will include top Showcases which Coach Broderick has done for 15 years - such as Pre-Draft, Chowder Cup, and the Battle of Boston.

Please contact Rob Broderick at with questions if interested. Use the link below to apply for this program!

The Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation was formed in 2020 to remove financial barriers to youth hockey. Through individual grants and sponsored programming, the foundation's goal is to increase American youth hockey participation ​and ease the financial stress that many families undertake to afford equipment and ice time. Youth hockey cultivates friendships, teamwork and accountability. Most importantly, players develop a lifetime passion for the sport. To date, the Black Bear Youth Hockey Foundation has supported over 20 families with over $25,000 in scholarships for tuition, gear and travel.

Everyone should have the chance to play the greatest game on Earth! How can you help?  We understand that many of you are not able to make a monetary donation. Take a look at some other ways you can get involved, whether it’s as simple as sharing our organization on social media or volunteering at fundraising events!

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!

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!

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."

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

Mercer Chiefs, Ice Land Skating Center

The 2020/21 U18 Premier team went undefeated during the 2020/21 AYHL season, finishing first overall! They are currently 27-5-3.

Ice Land, Mercer Chiefs U16 Champions

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

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Marco Escalona

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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 + the Mercer Chiefs - Rob Broderick -
Hockey Director - Chris Barcless -
Skating Director + Office Manager - Jenn Schaffener -
Facilities Manager - Matt Conti -
Master Scheduler + Adult Hockey League Director - Heather O'Connell -
Pro Shop - Brian Arnott -

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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