Learn: Steps to Join the GSHL

Learn about the Greater Seattle Hockey League

Since 2001, the GSHL has grown into the largest adult recreational ice hockey league in the Pacific Northwest. With nearly 2,000 players registered and almost 100 teams across 16 divisions & subdivisions, the GSHL is also one of the largest adult hockey leagues in the United States. Learn More...

Register with USA Hockey

Prior to participating in any GSHL-sanctioned practices, games, playoffs, Learn to Play Hockey clinics, or other activities/events, all interested participants must acquire both USA Hockey and Greater Seattle Hockey League Memberships. Learn More...

Complete a New Player Application

A New Player Application tells the league and teams about your skills, experience and any preferences that you may have. Completing a New Player Application enters yourself into the new player pool to get onto a team during each round of drafts or on a standby list during an active/current season. Learn More...

Create an Account in Dash & Acquire GSHL Membership

Each new player will need to create an account in the league's team and player management platform, Dash. From here, you'll complete your profile with all of your contact information, USA Hockey registration #, and emergency contact details. You'll also need to acquire an annual GSHL membership within Dash. Learn More...

Pay Season Dues

The GSHL offers two seasons throughout the year. The Fall/Winter season -- September to April -- includes 23 games plus double-elimination playoffs. The Spring/Summer season -- May to August -- consists of 13 games plus single-elimination playoffs. There is a team cost associated with each season that is divided among the roster. Players who register and enroll through the league itself are guaranteed fixed new player dues. The league will post information about new player dues prior to the start of each season. Learn More...

Attend an Evaluation Skate

Prior to the beginning of each season (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer), the GSHL hosts a series of three to five complimentary Evaluation Skate sessions. During these sessions, participants will be put through several drills -- including skating, shooting, passing, etc. -- followed by a light scrimmage. League officials will assess each participant's skills and place participants in the appropriate division based upon displayed skill level. At the end of the Evaluation Skate sessions, all participants who completed the New Player Application and/or attended an Evaluation Skate are automatically entered into the new player draft about two weeks prior to the start of the season. Learn More...

Wait to Hear from your New Team

About two weeks prior to the start of each season, the league hosts a new player draft where new players to the league are drafted (selected) by a team that compliments their appropriate skill level. Once a new player is drafted by a team, the new players information is provided to the captain, and that captain will contact their new players individually to introduce themselves, their team, and any additional steps needed to get going -- like steps to order team jerseys and ice socks.

Have Fun!

The GSHL is an inclusive league that welcomes new players of all skill levels. Games are held from Sunday to Thursday (game days vary by division) and are conducted at our various playing arenas. All games are standard 5-on-5, with two USA Hockey-certified referees and a score/time keeper. Learn More... 

Have Questions?

If you have any questions at all about the league, enrollment, game formats, or something else, we can answer them! Simply contact the league by phone or email, and we'll get back to you right away.