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Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tickets

Great Lakes Invitational Mens Hockey tickets

Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Schedule

One of the most highly anticipated events in the entire college hockey season is the annual Great Lakes Invitational Hockey tournament. The tournament consists of four teams, typically including Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, and another team located in the Great Lakes area. Michigan and Michigan State have a long and storied history as rivals in all college athletics and their rivalry in the hockey rink is certainly no exception. Be prepared for some of the most bone-rattling hits as well as the fiercest competition on ice when the four schools collide for the annual Great Lakes Invitational. College athletics offers up some of the best competition in the world of sports and the student athletes representing some of college hockey's premiere institutions make you immediately aware of this fact from the second they take the ice. If you are a college hockey fan, or even just a college sports fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the Great Lakes Invitational in person.

Each winter the game takes place at the historic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The intensity of this tournament and the rivalry as a whole is simply too big to be relegated to a college arena, so it takes place year after year at one of the most revered hockey arenas in the world. Check out StubHub for tickets and information regarding the date and face off time for this year's Great Lakes Invitational.

The Teams

All of the teams chosen to participate in the Great Lakes Invitational are perennial contenders, and perhaps no school has a more storied program than the Michigan Wolverines, who are annual participants. Clearly success on the ice is nothing new to the Wolverines, as they have also won nine conference tournament championships. Coach Red Berenson will be looking to fire up the troops and to get the most out of them this season. Should he be successful there could be no stopping the Wolverines on the ice. Led by junior defenseman and captain Mac Bennett, Michigan will undoubtedly have a staunch defense that will not be easy to score on. Senior Derek DeBlois will be looking to light up the scoreboard at the forward position once again but this year he should have even more help from sophomore forward Andrew Copp. This could well be the year that the Wolverines return to their dominance of the Big 10 and possibly bring home the first national championship in almost two decades. Of course, the other teams in the tournament will be looking to make their mark on the college hockey landscape and look to take the Wolverines down a peg.

The Experience

Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and the four teams chosen to participate have hockey fans who are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at Joe Lewis Arena, the fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone-rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip next year.

Great Lakes Invitational Hockey History

The Great Lakes Invitational has been one of the hallmarks of the college hockey season since its inaugural event in 1965. It was born out of a conversation between Lincoln Cavalieri and John MacInnes, who were lamenting the lack of American born players in the NHL. The two decided to create the tournament as a way to showcase players for the local universities in hopes of getting them exposure to NHL scouts. The first event was held at Olympia Stadium which was its home for the first thirteen years before it moved to Joe Lewis Arena. The 2013 event was held outside at Comerica Park before a return to Joe Lewis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.


Initially the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational was to be held outside at Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, but the event was canceled because of the inability to get a hockey rink on the field. Instead, the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational was held at the ballpark for one year only. Michigan has participated in the event 44 times and leads the way with 15 championships, followed by Michigan State with 12 titles in 40 attempts.

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28 Dec
Dec 28, 2014 1:00 PM
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, MI
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29 Dec
Dec 29, 2014 1:00 PM
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, MI
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