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Great Lakes Invitational - Detroit, MI

 
     

December 31, 2018

Great Lakes Invitational - Detroit, MI

The Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) is a four-team National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's ice hockey tournament held annually at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit around the New Year's holiday as part of College Hockey in the D.

The tournament was born out of a conversation between the general manager of Olympia Stadium, Lincoln Cavalieri, Michigan Tech's long-time coach, John MacInnes, and Detroit Red Wings scout Jack Paterson. The three men were discussing the lack of American-born players in the National Hockey League (NHL) and concluded that a prestigious collegiate tournament could make a difference by promoting interest in hockey among young athletes, as well as the general public. Jack Tompkins, American Airlines vice president, former University of Michigan goalie, and a member of the Detroit Red Wings organization, championed their vision as well, and together in 1965, they founded the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament.

The GLI has grown into one of the premier college and holiday sporting events in the country,[citation needed] originating at Detroit's Olympia Stadium. Michigan Tech, the host for the tournament since its inception, added Michigan as a co-host in 1976[citation needed]. The tournament moved into Joe Louis Arena when the Red Wings' new home arena opened in December 1979. In 2017, with the closure of the Joe, the GLI relocated to the new Little Caesars Arena until at least the 2020-21 season.[1]

Michigan State University is traditionally selected as a third participant while the fourth is a different team each season. Bowling Green State University is scheduled to participate in the 53rd edition of the GLI. Other future invitees are: Lake Superior State 2018-19, Ferris State University 2019-20, and Northern Michigan University 2020-21.

The 2012 edition of the invitational was originally scheduled to take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on December 2728. The cancellation of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic meant the NHL would not build the additional rink at Comerica Park, therefore the GLI was moved into Joe Louis Arena where it is traditionally played.[2] Because the lockout prevented 2012's guest, Western Michigan, from playing outdoors at Comerica Park as originally promised, they were invited again in 2013, when the GLI was finally held at Comerica. In a rematch from 2012's Championship game, Western defeated Michigan Tech 10 in overtime.

With the relocation of the NBA's Detroit Pistons to Little Caesars Arena as well as the Red Wings, the GLI now has to be scheduled around both professional teams' schedules. As a result, the 53rd Great Lakes Invitational was held January 1 and 2, 2018 and there was no 2017 tournament.

Sunday, Dec. 30
Michigan Tech vs. Michigan 1:00 p.m.
Michigan State vs. Lake Superior State 4:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31
Third-Place Game 11:30 a.m.
Championship Game 2:30 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Florida Panthers 7:30 p.m.

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