About the Greater Seattle Hockey League
Welcome to the Greater Seattle Hockey League! Since 2001, the GSHL has grown into the largest adult recreational ice hockey league in the Pacific Northwest. With roughly 2,300 players and nearly 100 teams across 16 divisions & subdivisions, the GSHL is also one of the largest adult recreational hockey leagues in the country.
The GSHL wants to provide a fun and exciting relational hockey league for adult players of all skill levels. Regardless if you've played for years or never strapped on skates, the GSHL is inclusive to players of all skill levels and works hard to have parity within each division while still challenging players to build skill.
Programs & Seasons
The GSHL offers many great programs, such as adult league, 40+ league, 3 on 3, learn to play/skate programs, and annual tournaments. In the adult league, we offer two seasons to keep you busy on the ice throughout the year. Our Winter season -- September to April -- includes 23 regular-season plus double-elimination playoffs (2 minimum, more added as a team wins playoff games). The Summer season -- May to August -- consists of 13 regular-season games plus single-elimination playoffs (1 minimum, with additional games for each playoff game won). Our 40+ league is also year-round and is played weekly on Wednesday's. We host annual tournaments in Winthrop, Washington at the popular Winthrop Ice Rink.
Playing Arenas & Schedules
GSHL games are conducted at the finest ice rinks in the Pacific Northwest. Our furthest southern playing arenas include Kent Valley Ice Centre as well as the Seattle Thunderbirds' accesso ShoWare Center. The northern-most playing arenas are Everett Silvertips' Angel of the Winds Arena. All GSHL games are played Sunday - Thursday, generally between the hours of 2:00pm (on Sunday's only) to 11:00pm, with weekday games starting later in the evenings around 7:00pm.
New & Beginner Players
The GSHL welcomes new players of all skill levels - whether you just moved to Seattle or are deciding to pick up a new sport altogether. Prior to each season, the GSHL will host three to five complimentary evaluation skates. These evaluation skates give players new to the league a chance to perform basic skating, passing and shooting skills, along with a scrimmage. At the end of the evaluation skate series, the league hosts a draft where captains of teams needing new players will select players based upon their skill level. After the draft, new players are introduced to the captains of their teams. The GSHL strives for competitive, evenly-balanced games by placing players on teams of same/similar skill level. With about 100 teams split between 16 divisions and sub-divisions, it is very easy to find a team and level of play that works for everyone. The GSHL regularly monitors players and teams and works to move players and/or teams up or down in skill levels as needed to keep the parity as even and fair as possible.
Stats & Standings
Every GSHL-sanctioned game includes a score/time keeper. This scorekeeper scores all games to include shots on goal, goals, assists, secondary assists and penalties, and all stats are uploaded to the league's website at the end of each game. Players and teams are easily able to view their stats and standings compared to other players and teams within the league and division.
The Greater Seattle Hockey League is committed to providing fun, recreational ice hockey for adult players of all skill levels.
Diversity & Inclusion
Hockey is for Everyone uses the game of hockey - and the National Hockey League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.
The GSHL is an adult hockey community committed to sharing values of diversity and inclusion to achieve and sustain player excellence. The GSHL firmly believes that we can best promote player excellence by recruiting and retaining a diverse group of players, coaches, referees and scorekeepers, by creating a climate of respect that is supportive of each other's success and provide equal playing opportunity to people of all race, color, religion, national origin, gender, and sexual orientation. This climate for diversity, inclusion and excellence is critical to maintaining a league that is safe, fair and fun for all.
Simply put, Hockey is for Everyone.
If you have any questions, please email us at LetsPlay@GSHockey.com.
Photos around the GSHL
Check out photos below of players and teams from around the Greater Seattle Hockey League. Share yours on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by tagging us @OfficialGSHL.