Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Schedule
Every year one of the most highly anticipated events of the hockey season
is the Great Lakes Invitational, an annual college hockey tournament that features four teams from the Great Lakes Area, usually
Michigan State, Michigan, Michigan Tech, and one other team from the area. Michigan State and Michigan have one of the longest
and most intense rivalries in the history of college hockey and the chance to see these to teams competing against one another
in a tournament is one that should not be missed. Make sure you are in the stands as for the 2014 Great Lakes Invitational
to see some of the best competition NCAA hockey has to offer. Of the four major sports played in North America, hockey is
seemingly the one that is most enhanced by seeing it live and in person. You can feel the cold in the arena, hear the thunderous
hits and cracking slapshots, and witness in person the grace, speed and power of athletes speeding past on ice skates.
year's Great Lakes Invitational will begin on December 28th with Michigan State taking on Ferris State and Michigan going
up against Michigan Tech at Joe Louis Arena. On the 29th the winners will then battle it out for the tournament championship.
There is nothing quite like being inside Joe Louis Arena for the Great Lakes Invitational whether you are a long time college
hockey fan or are a newcomer to the sport. Get your tickets for the Great Lakes Invitational from StubHub as soon as possible
so you can get seats right up front, close to all the action.
Several of the best teams in college
hockey take part in the Great Lakes Invitational each year, and the 2014 tournament is made up of Michigan State, Michigan,
Ferris State, and Michigan Tech. The Michigan State Spartans are one of the most storied and successful programs in all of
college hockey and have participated in the NCAA Tournament 23 times, making it to the Frozen Four 11 times, and winning the
National Championship three times, most recently in 2007. The Ferris State Bulldogs enter the 2014-2015 season as the defending
WCHA regular season champions and they are well aware that every other team in the conference will be looking to take them
down. They have been to the NCAA Tournament three times and made it all the way to the Frozen Four in 2012. The Michigan Wolverines
are one of the most explosive teams in the NCAA and leading their offensive firepower will be senior Zach Hyman who has improved
every year at Michigan and is coming off of his most productive year on the ice thus far. This very well be the year that
the Wolverines prove their dominance in the new Big 10 hockey conference and possibly bring home their first national championship
in nearly two decades. Michigan Tech has won three NCAA Tournament Championships and played in ten Frozen Fours. Clearly the
field assembled for this season's Great Lakes Invitational involves several of the best teams in the history of college hockey.
Great Lakes Invitational Hockey History
The Great Lakes Invitational has been one of the highlights of the NCAA
hockey season since its first event in 1965. It was the result of a conversation between John MacInnes and Lincoln Cavalieri,
who were bemoaning 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.
fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college
hockey and the teams participating in the Great Lakes Invitational have some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in
the entire NCAA. On game day at Joe Louis 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.
Michigan has participated in the Great Lakes
Invitational 44 times and won the championship a record 15 times.