About the Greater Seattle Hockey League
Since the summer of 2001, the Greater Seattle Hockey League (GSHL) has grown into the largest adult recreational ice hockey league in the Northwest. With about 100 teams, nearly 2,000 registered players and continuously growing, the GSHL is also one of the largest adult ice hockey leagues in the United States.
The GSHL goes to great lengths to provide parity within each division while providing just the right challenge to build every player's skills.
Roughly 16 different divisions ranging from 1 - 7, many with sub-divisions A - D, and a 40+ division, the GSHL has a division available for every skill level from former NHL player to brand new, novice beginner. The GSHL also formed the Northwest Hockey Alliance (NHA) and partners with nearby adult leagues to participate in inter-league regular season games followed by playoff games for teams who win their divisional playoffs. The trophy being competed for is the Metropolitan Cup.
The GSHL offers two seasons to keep you busy on the ice throughout the year. Our Fall/Winter season -- September to April -- includes 23 games plus double-elimination playoffs (2 minimum, more as a team wins playoff games). The Spring/Summer season -- May to August -- consists of 13 games plus single-elimination playoffs (1 minimum, with additional games for each playoff game won).
Playing Arenas & Schedule
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 rinks are Everett Silvertips' Angel of the Winds Arena. All GSHL games are played Sunday - Thursday generally between the hours of 2:00pm to 11:00pm, with weekday games starting later in the evening.
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 will host 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 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
Each GSHL-sanctioned game includes a score/time keeper. This scorekeeper scores all games to include 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 Statement
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 Info@GSHockey.com or Admin@GSHockey.com.
Photos around the GSHL
Check out photos below of players and teams from around the Greater Seattle Hockey League. Share yours on Instagram by tagging us @OfficialGSHL.