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Chelsea Challenge 2019

Official WorldPride Event

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

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.

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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

  • TBD

*payments must be received by 11:59pm EDT

Guest Fee

  • TBD

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.

No refunds will be issued after April 15.


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 Sunday evening.


Chelsea Challenge Tournament Rules

(Updated 5-Feb-2014)

General Rules

  • Full face shield/cage must be worn by ALL players in the Chelsea Challenge. No exceptions.
  • Slapshots are allowed in the tournament.
  • Players may play for one (1) team only. Roster spots are non-transferrable.
  • Players must play in at least two (2) round-robin games to be eligible for playoffs and finals.
  • 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.

Round-Robin Games

  • The game clock will start at the 5-minute mark as soon as the Olympia and rink staff are off the ice and the rink doors are closed.
    WARM-UP: Three minutes. PERIODS: (3) 12-minute periods (stop time).
  • 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 total points are awarded for each game. Two points are awarded to the winning team at the end of each period. One point is awarded to both teams if score is tied at the end of each period. Zero points are awarded to the team with the least points at the end of each period. Two points are also awarded to the winner of the game. If the game ends in a tie, each team is awarded one point. There is no overtime in round-robin games.
  • Tie-breaking after the Round-Robin: Should two teams be tied after the round robin, the ranking will be determined in the following priority:
    • Head to head
    • Number of wins
    • Least Goals against
    • +/- Differential
    • Most Goals for

    If three teams are tied after the round-robin, the ranking will be determined in above priority starting with (b) Number of Wins.

Semi-Final and Championship Games

  • Semi-final and championship games are scored in the traditional manner. (The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.)
  • Semi-final and Championship games will run three (3) 12-minute periods (stop time). Ties in the championship games will be determined by a 5-minute 4-on-4 sudden death overtime period. Should the score remain tied after the extra 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.

Specific Rules

  • While on the ice, all players must wear a HECC approved helmet with chin-strap properly fastened under the chin.
    All players shall be required to wear a HECC approved FULL facial protector that has been securely attached and not altered in any way. The wearing of approved throat protectors for all players is strongly recommended.
  • Three Penalty Rule: Any player assessed (3) contact penalties in (1) game shall be ruled off the ice for the remainder of the game. Double minors count as (2) penalties.
  • Game Misconduct Penalty in the Final (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: 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. 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.
  • 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
  • Should I drive? No. Subways, buses, taxis and livery cabs are faster, easier, and much cheaper. Parking and parking tickets are expensive. Driving directions. To take mass transit to Sky Rink, take a subway to 23rd Street and then walk or take the westbound M23 bus to Chelsea Piers.
  • Subway Map. Take a local C, E, F, M, N, R, 1, or 6 subway to 23rd Street and then the westbound M23-SBS bus to get to Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. Take only local trains; no express trains stop at 23rd Street. All subways and most buses run 24 hours a day.
  • Bus Map. Use the M23-SBS bus to get to Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers. The M23-SBS travels eastbound and westbound along 23rd Street, stopping at almost every avenue. The last westbound stop is Chelsea Piers. The M23-SBS runs 24 hours a day. You must purchase a ticket prior to boarding at ticket kiosks located at the bus stop.
  • MetroCard. On buses, you can pay with the MetroCard or coins (no bills). On subways you can use only the MetroCard. $2.75 per ride. Various discounts available.
  • Hailing a yellow cab. Just raise your arm! Legal cabs are all yellow and have a metal medallion permit stapled to their hood. The light on the cab’s roof tells you if it is available. If the numbers are dark, the cab is taken. If the words “Off Duty” are lit, the driver is off duty. If the numbers are lit, that cab is yours, baby!
  • Which way is uptown? Roughly, north. Downtown is south. Eastside is east and westside is west. North of 14th Street, Manhattan streets are laid out in a grid. The avenues are long and run uptown – downtown. The streets are shorter and run eastside – westside. (The longer word, avenue, corresponds to the longer roads. The shorter word, street corresponds to the shorter roads.) Higher numbered streets are uptown (north) and higher numbered avenues are west. (The avenues are numbered in the direction the country was settled, east-to-west.)
  • Hint: To figure out which way is uptown, downtown, eastside and westside. 1.) Look up and down an avenue. Uptown is the direction with higher numbered streets. 2.) With a few exceptions, Even-numbered one-way streets go Eastbound and odd-numbered one-way streets go westboundBelow 14th Street, the streets are a jumble and you will have to ask for directions.
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