The Chelsea Challenge is an adult LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly ice hockey tournament hosted by the New York City Gay Hockey Association. The tournament welcomes players from everywhere and attracts players from across the US, Canada and Europe.
Chelsea Challenge 2023 will be held Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2023.
Please email email@example.com to check on late drop-in availability or to purchase a guest pass for the tournament banquet.
Festivities begin Friday night with our welcome party. Round-robin games will take place Saturday morning through Sunday mid-day. Single-elimination playoff games will be Sunday afternoon followed by the Tournament Banquet on Sunday night for all players and registered guests. Division Championships will be held Monday morning with a rink-side champagne brunch. Games are anticipated to be scheduled between 8:30 AM and 8:30 PM and Monday games will likely end by 2:30 PM. Other social events will be planned before and after games and will be announced.
$225 - Early Registration by March 31 at 11:59 PM EDT
$250 - Regular Registration between April 1 at 12:00 AM EDT and April 30 at 11:59 PM EDT
$275 - Late Registration after May 1 at 12:00 AM EDT
$75 - Guest Entry to Tournament Banquet ($85 at check-in)
Player registration includes at least three round-robin games and potential for two more (playoff and championship) games, tournament jersey and t-shirt, entry into all social events including Tournament Banquet, and gift bag.
Pricing above will carry an additional 3% + $1.00 SportsEngine transaction fee.
Full refunds, excluding SportsEngine transaction fees, will be granted during early and regular registration periods as long as we are able to find a player to fill the spot. We may consider exceptions for injuries and unforeseen circumstances.
Division D (Recreational): This division is drop-in only. Beginner to Intermediate level players are welcome in this division. The planning committee will form balanced teams based on your self-evaluation to keep things fun and competitive.
Division C (Intermediate): This division allows both drop-ins and organized teams. A team is formed when you have 10 registered skaters (not including goalie). Groups that do not hit this number may be dispersed to other teams. A team is considered full with 14 skaters and a goalie (though you may roster more). Teams that do not reach 14 skaters and a goalie may be assigned drop-ins. Depending on the number and skill level of teams registered, Division C may be split into upper and lower groups.
Division B (Advanced): The same rules as Division C apply.
Guest registration is required for non-players who wish to attend our Tournament Banquet on Sunday night. The guest fee is $75 ($85 at check-in). Banquet entry is included for all players participating in the tournament.
Chelsea Challenge is organized by a team of volunteers of the NYCGHA, but we can always use extra hands to help run the tournament. Tasks include organizing gift bags and jerseys, checking-in players, scorekeeping, restocking drink bins and bananas, setting up the championship brunch, and much more. If you’re interested in helping out, please fill out any available spots on this form or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or specific things you want to help out with!
If you need any additional information about the Chelsea Challenge, please reach out to us at email@example.com.