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NYCGHA Rec League

Rec League games are played at Chelsea Piers every Sunday at 4pm and 5:30pm with the exception of certain holidays and other scheduled bye weeks. The NYCGHA Rec League differs from the Sky Rink Adult Open League in several ways. All teams are evenly assigned approximately the same number of novice and intermediate players. This league is a great way for intermediate players to fine tune their skills, get some exercise, and help novice players learn the game. Novices will feel comfortable playing in this league because of its low pressure atmosphere and the added benefit of playing with and learning from more experienced players.

If you are interested in participating, please reach out to and provide a history of your playing background and what you would like to accomplish by joining the league.

If you are unable to join full-time this season, we have an option for you to play drop-in as an alternate skater. Please follow the steps below to become an alternate skater in the NYCGHA Rec League:

  • Read the Policies for Rec League Alternates.
  • Complete the Self-Evaluation Form.
  • Wait for an invitation to join TeamCowboy. Usually, we will get back to you within a few days. This website is where you will be able to access the full schedule and RSVP for games. Note that your application to join Rec League will be reviewed by the NYC Gay Hockey Association to ensure that you are a good fit for the league based on your answers to the Self-Evaluation Form. If you are not, someone will get back to you to discuss why, and to point you to alternatives, possibly on other NYC Gay Hockey Association teams.
  • Once you have been approved in step 3, then if you are not already a member of the NYC Gay Hockey Association, please register here. Note that dues are non-refundable.
  • Purchase one or more pre-paid alternate spots here. Note that if you do not use your pre-paid spots this season, they will automatically carry over to following seasons. Also note that if you do not have pre-purchased spots available, you will not be receive reminders of upcoming games, and you will not be able to RSVP as an alternate.


  • Teams will consist of sixteen full-time skaters.
  • Goalies will be assigned to each game and will switch half-way through the second period.


  • Each season will consist of a minimum of 16 games.


  • Full-Time Skater: $630
    • Full time players are guaranteed a spot in every Rec League game as long as the RSVP by Thursday at Noon before a Sunday game. If a full-time player does not RSVP by this deadline, he/she is not guaranteed a spot in the game.
  • Alternate: $40 (prepaid 3-game package), $45 (prepaid 1-game package). In order to be eligible to RSVP, you must:

    • Purchase and have available unused prepaid alternate spots. Prepaid spots can be purchased here.
    • Be a current paid member of the NYCGHA. If you are not a member, you can register here.
  • Goalies: No cost. Please contact us if you are interested.


  • There will be no refunds for missed games.
  • If a player is injured, and the injury prevents him from playing the rest of the season, she must notify her captain as soon as possible. A refund of half the value of the remaining games will be credited to the injured player’s account based on the number of remaining games from the point of notification to the end of the season.
  • Any player receiving a misconduct or game misconduct will automatically be suspended for one game with no refund for the missed game.
  • Any player receiving a second misconduct or game misconduct in a season will be automatically suspended for three games with no refund for the missed games.
  • Any player receiving a third misconduct or game misconduct in a season will be automatically suspended for the balance of the season with no refunds for missed games.

Game Location

  • All games take place at Sky Rink (West Rink) at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 2nd Floor. Pier 61 is at 23rd Street over the Hudson River.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the game format?

Each game will have a 5-minute warm-up period followed by either three 15-minute stop-time periods, or three 20-minute running time periods. There will be a 1-minute intermission between periods. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, a 5-minute sudden death 4-on-4 overtime will IMMEDIATELY start. The first one to score in the sudden death overtime wins.  If no team scores at the end of overtime, a shootout will decide the game. The shootout will start with a best of three. If still tied after the best of three, then the shootout goes to sudden death.

In a shootout, the captain must pre-select his/her first three shooters who will wait on the ice for their turn to shoot. All other players including the captain must remain on the bench. No player may shoot twice until all players have shot at least once.

How do the playoffs work?
  • Teams shall be awarded two points for a win, one point for an overtime loss or tie, and no points for a loss.
  • Playoff seeds shall be based on final standings, with the following tiebreakers:
    • Total Wins
    • Head-to-Head
    • Goals Against
    • Coin Toss
  • There will be two playoff rounds:
    1. 4th place at 1st place, and 3rd place at 2nd place.
    2. Championship. Higher seed is home team.
What are the game rules?

Games will be played under standard USA Hockey rules with the following exceptions:

  • 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 changes are allowed on icing.
  • Faceoffs may only occur on the nine faceoff dots.
  • When stop-time is in effect, an eight goal differential will result in running time.
  • Faceoffs stay in the zone if the puck goes out of play directly off the net.
  • No single player can score more than three goals in any single game, including overtime and shootouts.
  • Any goal scored violating this rule shall be disallowed, and a faceoff shall occur at center ice.
Who is eligible to play?

All players new to Rec League are required to fill out a self-evaluation form to determine eligibility to play.
In order to maintain a friendly and safe environment, the NYCGHA Rec League Organizing Commission has the right to remove a player from Rec League if they are considered to not meet our eligibility criteria and/or do not comply with the policies of the league.  In this case, a pro-rated refund will be provided.

How do I get into a Rec game one week if I'm not on the team?

The Rec League organizing commission will determine a pool or pre-approved alternates that captains may utilize. If you would like to be considered for an alternate position, please read the Policies for Rec League Alternates, and then fill out our self-evaluation form.

What's the deal with jerseys?
  • Jerseys provided are the property of the NYCGHA and must be returned at the end of each season in usable and clean condition. You have the option to purchase jerseys at $50 each.
  • Each team will have its own jersey with team logo and color.
  • All full-time Rec League players must wear their assigned Rec League jersey
  • You will be assigned a jersey number. Please do not request a specific number. All numbers are assigned based on the next available number.


Rec League – Fall 2018-19 Standings


Scoring Leaders – Fall 2018-19

1Jon TotaroPolar Bears12329
2Nikhil WadhwaHurricanes12109
3Jeffrey ChadwickRockets8608
4Josh LambertRockets8006
5Declan Byrnes-EnochTigers7228
6Luca CritelliHotshots7008
7Kevin PetersonTigers7628
8Michael RothHotshots7208
9Polar Bears AlternatePolar Bears7108
10Hotshots AlternateHotshots6549
11Bob McGannTigers5327
12David PetersonHurricanes52210
13Douglas AlteenRockets5107
14Patrick HoferRockets51109
15Egbert StolkTigers5128
16Matthew CifaldiPolar Bears4109
17Alex NizhikhovskiyTigers4007
18Andy BrownHotshots4209
19Tatiana DonaldsonTigers4228
20Vinny PiccoloHurricanes40011
21Tigers AlternateTigers4529
22Alexander BlankHurricanes3108
23Therese CoxTigers3127
24Jared DymbortHotshots3307
25Patrick CurrierHurricanes3109
26Timothy ParsonsTigers3307
27Peter KettelHurricanes3109
28Joseph LauberthTigers3147
29Hurricanes AlternateHurricanes30410
30Josh LeavittRockets2207
31Doug BairdHotshots2007
32Drew RanieriPolar Bears2003
33Dylan YoungPolar Bears2109
34Mark GazdikHotshots2108
35John KiddPolar Bears2108
36Yakov BalakhovskyHurricanes2008
37Pietro ScorsonePolar Bears2208
38Brian MarshallPolar Bears2002
39Jonathan TaubergHurricanes20010
40Eric AvrumsonRockets1107
41Brent BarkhausPolar Bears1008
42Andrew FranklinPolar Bears1187
43Charlie CzermakHotshots1208
44Vinny Di CairanoRockets1108
45Paul ChangTigers1109
46Evgeny PlatonovHurricanes1009
47Michael RussRockets1008
48Mike JaoudeTigers1325
49Taylor ThompsonHurricanes1007
50James HarbRockets1328
51Maxim BrownHotshots1109
52Michael Della TorreHurricanes1005
53John OsbornHotshots1105
54Thomas LaurensonHotshots11210
55Rockets AlternateRockets1107
56William PadoverTigers0508
57Susanna ProughPolar Bears0048
58Steven BeerHotshots0001
59Yael EzerHurricanes0006
60Rachel DonnerPolar Bears0308
61Travis BradleyHotshots0006
62Batz BalfourTigers0228
63Bernard SunRockets0105
64Jay GaviganHotshots0105
65Spenser AlpernHurricanes0000
66Amy RappoHotshots0046
67Melody TranHurricanes00010
68Joel SchiffmanRockets0007
69Alexander BelopolskyPolar Bears0004
70Matty GaffneyRockets0108
71Matthew FreihautPolar Bears0108
72Emily KirklandHotshots0006
73Allison SpitzTigers0428
74August AlpernHurricanes0003
75Zachary GlassnerPolar Bears0209
76Rachel KoteenRockets0027
77Tal GoretskyRockets0024
78Jonathan RichterPolar Bears0004
79Pascal Van GarderenTigers0027
80Jonathan LohPolar Bears0005
81Edwin LiRockets0006
82Scott ThoresenPolar Bears0007
83Peter KaszubinskiHurricanes0009
84Jean-Michel BouchardHotshots0009
85John MancusoHotshots0004
86Abigail BankerRockets0008
87Lorraine PisaniHurricanes0002
88Joseph SchorrTigers0002

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