It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the Chelsea Challenge this year. Due to great uncertainty over the resources we would need to develop our tournament, we did not feel comfortable promising an event that possibly could not be delivered. More importantly, it’s impossible to predict when safe and legal gatherings may return to New York City.
We know many of you will be disappointed and we are right there with you. This would have been the 20th anniversary of the Challenge and we’re saddened to miss such a milestone. We believe tournaments like the Chelsea Challenge, and the many others hosted by organizations like ours around the world, are keystones to the incredible LGBTQ+ hockey community we’ve built together over the past two decades.
Just because we aren’t skating together does not mean the NYCGHA is gone. Our community bonds persist and LGBTQ+ hockey will return stronger than ever when this crisis has passed. We are hard at work planning future events, on and off the ice, and cannot wait to lace up with all of you in the near future.
Until then, stay safe!
The NYC Gay Hockey Association Board of Directors
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.