GREAT LAKES INVITATIONAL HOCKEY
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Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tickets
Participants: Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, one other school
Founders: John J. MacInnes, Jack Paterson, Lincoln Cavalieri
Great Lakes Invitational Hockey TicketsThe Great Lakes Invitational is a long-running tournament for college hockey teams. The GLI takes place over two days each year in Detroit. Often, it's held from December 30th to 31st, or January 1st to 2nd. In addition to the three Michigan schools that appear annually, there's a fourth invited team. These teams come from all over North America. In fact, at the first GLI in 1965, the University of Toronto was the fourth team invited. Toronto also won the tournament that year. The tournament features two games on each day. The winners of the games on the first day move on to the championship game on day two. There's also a consolation game to determine third place on the second day. Sometimes, the second day of the GLI becomes a triple header with a Red Wings game following the college hockey action. The Great Lakes Invitational is one of the most unique and exciting tournaments in all of college hockey. Get your tickets to see the GLI at StubHub.
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Where is the Great Lakes Invitational played?The Great Lakes Invitational is held in Detroit. Over the years, this tournament has been held at different venues. In its early days, the Great Lakes Invitational was held at Olympia Stadium. In fact, one of the founders of the GLI was Lincoln Cavalieri, the general manager of the Stadium. Later, it moved to Joe Louis Arena. These days, it's held at the Little Caesars Arena. Little Caesars Arena is a multi-functional building. When it's configured for hockey, the building can hold up to 19,515 fans. This venue opened in 2017 and also hosts the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.
What is the John MacInnes Trophy?The John MacInnes Trophy is the MVP award for the Great Lakes Invitational. The John MacInnes Trophy is named in honor of one of the founders of the Great Lakes Invitational. John MacInnes was also a legendary head coach of the Michigan Tech Huskies and has been inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. He's a towering figure in the world of college hockey, particularly in Michigan. The award named after him can go to any outstanding player in the tournament, even if they don't come from the winning team. Players are also eligible for the John MacInnes Trophy each time they play in the GLI. For example, Brendan Morrison won three John MacInnes Trophies during his time at Michigan. Recent winners of the MacInnes Trophy include Diego Cuglietta and Colt Conrad.
What teams play at the Great Lakes Invitational?There are three teams that play in every Great Lakes Invitational: Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech. There's always a fourth team, which changes from year to year. In recent years, Lake Superior State and Ferris State have been among the schools that were invited to the tournament. The Great Lakes Invitational has been held for over 50 years. In that time, there have been fewer than 20 times that only Michigan schools were represented at the tournament. Schools that have been invited to the GLI include Colorado College, North Dakota, Boston College and Boston University.
What events are similar to the Great Lakes Invitational?The Great Lakes Invitational has a lot in common with events like the Boston Beanpot tournament. These are both long-running events that are held at NHL arenas. Boston's Beanpot is held at the TD Garden. Unlike the Great Lakes Invitational, the Beanpot is held in the second half of the season, during February. Also unlike the GLI, the Beanpot features the same four teams annually: Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard.
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