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Chelsea Challenge 2019
Official World Pride Event

Friday June 21 – Sunday June 23, 2019
Games Start Friday Evening


Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers (New York, NY) -AND-
RWJ Barnabas Ice House at Prudential Center (Newark, NJ)



Limited spots remaining. Please email if you would like to register as a player.

Guest Registration

The Chelsea Challenge is an adult LGBT and LGBT-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.

NOTE: You are encouraged to book your hotel early. Please visit for information on available hotels with discounted rates.

Chelsea Challenge 2019 will start on Friday, June 21 in the evening and end on Sunday, June 23 in the afternoon. A variety of social events and our tournament banquet will be included. The tournament will be held at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, a 30-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River. In addition, we will have some games at RWJ Barnabas Health Ice House, where the New Jersey Devils practice and Metropolitan Riveters play.

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Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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Other Contributors

New York Rangers

New York Islanders

New Jersey Devils

USA Hockey

National Hockey League

Boxers NYC

John Haldi



Division B

  • Advanced/Competitive Level – Very skilled hockey players who play at a high level. Often these are people who played hockey since they were young. Generally, these players have at least 10 years experience, over 4 years of organized/coached hockey experience, and a complete understanding of the rules of play. These players have great stick handling skills and can confidently skate both forwards and backwards with ease.
  • Team Format – players may register as part of a Team or as a “Drop-In” player.
  • Drop-In players will be assigned to a team based on the number of registered players and the balance of skill levels within the division. If there are enough Drop-In players, a separate drop-in team will be created.

Division C

  • Intermediate Level – Players typically have at least 5 years of experience, 2 years of organized/coached experience, and have a complete understanding of the rules of play. Players have average stick handling skills, are comfortable skating both forwards and backwards, and can easily perform a “hockey stop”.
  • Team Format – players may register as part of a Team or as a “Drop-In” player.
  • Drop-In players will be assigned to a team based on the number of registered players and the balance of skill levels within the division. If there are enough Drop-In players, a separate drop-in team will be created.

Division D

  • Beginner/Novice Level – Players typically have 1-3 years experience of skating. Players should be comfortable skating forwards and performing a “hockey stop”, but likely have work to do on their backwards skating, stickhandling, and shooting skills.
  • Drop-In Format ONLY – the Chelsea Challenge Committee will create even-strength teams from the pool of registered players.



Player Fee

  • $150 Early-Bird, by April 30
  • $175 Regular, by May 31
  • $200 Late, based on availability

*payments must be received by 11:59pm EDT

Guest Fee

  • $50

The Player fee includes all games (guaranteed 3 games), gift bag, t-shirt, jersey, and entrance to the banquet. The Guest fee includes entrance to the banquet. Full refunds will be granted through Early-Bird registration, half refunds during Regular registration, and no refunds once Late registration begins.  

You are encouraged to book your hotel rooms early! We are partnering with NYC Pride to provide discounted rates at hotels across the city. You can view the available hotels and book your discounted rate at

It is a goal of the NYCGHA to allow as many players as possible to play in the Chelsea Challenge. A team registration is considered full when 15 skaters and one goaltender have registered. At 15 days prior to the start of the tournament, teams that do not have a full registration may be assigned players at the discretion of NYCGHA’s Chelsea Challenge Committee and are also subject to reassignment if fewer than ten players are registered. Every attempt will be made to balance the teams to ensure a competitive tournament.


Guests are an important part of the Chelsea Challenge and you are encouraged to attend the tournament even if you are not playing. All registered guests are invited to all events, including the banquet on Saturday evening.


Chelsea Challenge Tournament Rules

(Updated 24-May-2019)

General Rules
  • Full face shield/cage must be worn by players in Division D and Division C. A minimum of a visor is required in Division B. No exceptions.
  • Slapshots are allowed in the tournament in all divisions.
  • Players may play for one (1) team only in one (1) division only. Roster spots are non-transferrable. Exception will be made for goalies in emergency situations.
  • Players must play in a majority of round-robin games to be eligible for Playoff (if-applicable) and Championship games:
    • at least 2 games if player is assigned to a division with 3 round-robin games
    • at least 3 games if player is assigned to a division with 4 round-robin games
  • Teams may replace a goaltender in the event of an injury or sickness only. All replacement goaltenders must be approved by the Chelsea Challenge Organizing Committee.
  • USA Hockey Rules are followed with the following exception:
    • Icing: Icing will be called when a player shoots the puck across both blue lines and the opposing team’s goal line, and the puck remains untouched. Any pucks shot from outside a team’s own defensive zone will not be considered icing. No line changes are allowed on icing.
  • You are allowed to enter the rink as soon as the Olympia and rink staff are off the ice and the rink doors are closed. This is when the game clock will start.
Round-Robin Games
  • WARM-UP: Three minutes.
  • PERIODS: (3) 12-minute periods (stop time).
  • OVERTIME: There will be no overtime in Round-Robin games.
  • Point scoring for Round-Robin games: Each period is treated as a “game” and the team that scores the most goals in that period will win the points. Eight (8) total points are awarded for each game. Points are awarded as follows:
    • For each Period (6 total points)
      • Two (2) points are awarded to the team with the higher number of goals within the period.
      • One (1) point is awarded to each team when each team has the same number of goals within the period.
      • Zero (0) points are awarded to the team with the lesser number of goals within the period.
    • For each Game (2 total points)
      • Two (2) points are awarded to the team with the higher number of goals at the end of the game.
      • One (1) point is awarded to each team when each team has the same number of goals at the end of the game.
      • Zero (0) points are awarded to the team with the lesser number of goals at the end of the game.
  • For tournament with playoffs, total points earned during Round-Robin games determine how teams will be seeded in any Playoff Game.
  • For tournament without playoffs, total points earned during Round-Robin games determine how teams will be seeded for Bronze and Championship games.
  • Should two teams be tied after the Round-Robin, the ranking will be determined in the following priority:
    1. Head to head
    2. Number of wins
    3. Fewest goals against
    4. Number of periods won
  • If three teams are tied after the round-robin, the ranking will be determined in above priority starting with (b) Number of Wins.
Playoffs (if-applicable), Bronze (if-applicable), and Championship Games
  • These games are scored in the traditional manner. (The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.)
  • These games will run three (3) 12-minute periods (stop time). Ties in Playoff (if-applicable) and Championship games will be determined by a 5-minute (run time except last minute will be stop-time) 4-on-4 sudden death overtime period. Should the score remain tied after the overtime period, a shoot-out will follow. Each team captain will designate three (3) players to participate in the shoot-out; all three (3) players on each team will shoot. If the teams are still tied at the end of three (3) shooters, a sudden-death shoot-out begins. NOTE: A player may not shoot a second time until all of his/her teammates have participated.
Other Rules
  • While on the ice, all players must wear a HECC approved helmet with chin-strap properly fastened under the chin. The wearing of approved throat protectors for all players is strongly recommended.
  • Three Penalty Rule: Any player assessed three (3) contact penalties in one (1) game shall be ruled off the ice for the remainder of the game. Double minors count as two (2) penalties.
  • Game Misconduct Penalty in the Final Ten (10) Minutes of Game Rule: A game misconduct penalty only incurs automatic next-game suspension if it occurs in the last ten minutes of game (regulation and overtime). In this case, the player will be suspended for the next tournament game.
  • Game Misconduct with a Major Penalty: A game misconduct assessed to a player for receiving a major penalty as a result of a rule infraction, other than the accidental high-stick rule, shall automatically incur a one game suspension. Depending on the severity of the infraction, the offender may be subject to further disciplinary action.
  • Abuse of Officials: Only a team captain may approach an official to ask questions about a play. However, a minor penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who challenges or disputes the ruling of an official during the game or who displays unsportsmanlike conduct. If the person persists, he shall be assessed a Misconduct penalty and any further disputes will result in a Game Misconduct penalty. A referee is NOT required to assess a minor penalty under this rule before assessing a misconduct, or a game misconduct for the same reason, and may assess either penalty initially.
  • Boarding & Body Contact: A minor or major penalty, at the discretion of the referee, based on the intent and violence of the impact with the opposing player, shall be assessed to any player who intentionally bodies, pushes, shoves, stands in front of an opponent for the purpose of making contact and/or does not attempt to avert body contact with an opponent. When injury results from intentional body contact, a Major penalty shall be assessed. In the event that a player, by committing an infraction of the rules, causes an opponent to collide with the boards, the minor penalty normally assessed under the rules will be waived, and a double minor penalty will be assessed. The major and/or match penalty applicable to the rule will be assessed in a normal manner. Where, in the opinion of the referee, accidental contact has taken place, no penalty shall be assessed.
  • Fighting: Fighting will result in ejection from the tournament.
  • No Checking! All players are reminded that the Chelsea Challenge is a friendly tournament. This weekend is about hockey, fun and meeting new people. Please keep your game in control and refrain from any unsportsmanlike acts.
Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
Rink Information
  • Bag storage: Bags may be stored overnight in underneath the bleachers in the East Rink at Sky Rink. Signs will guide you to the bag storage area. Close your bags with all equipment inside. No bags may be left near the entrance of the storage area where it would block access. Do not leave valuables in your bag. Leave your bag at your own risk as these areas will not be supervised. Neither Sky Rink nor the NYCGHA are responsible for items left at the rink. Please note that there will be no storage available at Prudential Center.
  • Skate sharpening? At Skater’s Edge pro shop at the rink. 212-336-6123.
General NYC Information
  • How safe is New York? New York is the safest large city in America, with the lowest crime rate of all U.S. cities with populations over 1 million. Among the 72 cities with populations over 250,000, all of them have a higher crime rate than New York City by a large margin. Proof.
  • Average Temperatures
  • Tips for Changing Money in New York City
  • Official NYC Tourist Site
  • 311 is New York City’s phone number for government information and non-emergency services, in 170 languages. Outside of New York City call 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675).
Getting To and From NYC
  • Which airport should I fly into? LaGuardia (LGA), Newark-Liberty (EWR), or J.F.K. (JFK), in that order of preference, with J.F.K. being a distant third.
  • Is there cheap mass transit to and from the airports? Yes. You can take shuttle buses from all three airports. Save even more money with AirTrains. Newark Airport’s AirTrain + N.J. Transit to New York’s Pennsylvania Station works well, even with luggage. The J.F.K. AirTrain + subway is not as convenient, but still manageable with considerable savings each way compared to a cab. LaGuardia Airport’s bus & subway route is not recommended.
  • Ground Travel Information: LaGuardia | Newark | J.F.K.
  • AirTrain Information: Newark AirTrain | J.F.K. AirTrain
Getting Around NYC and to the Rink

To be updated.

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