College Hockey:
Great Lakes Invitational contract extended three more years

The Great Lakes Invitational will live on through the 2014 tournament, according to a press release issued Monday from Michigan Tech.

Michigan Tech and Olympia Entertainment have extended their partnership in hosting the GLI through 2014, which will be the tournament’s 50th annual event.

“We’re thrilled to be able to continue the tradition of the GLI,” said Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret in a statement. “It’s been one of the most successful tournaments in the country and we look forward to an on-going partnership with the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Michigan and Michigan State. The event has been a great way for us to keep a presence in lower Michigan and connect with our alumni and fans. It’s important that we continue what we’ve built up over the years and showcase college hockey in Detroit.”

The 2012 event will be played outdoors at Comerica Park Dec. 27-28 as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival and in connection with the NHL’s annual Winter Classic. The 2013 and 2014 editions will be played at Joe Louis Arena, home of 33 of the previous 47 GLIs.

The GLI was first played in 1965 after the idea for the tournament was conceived and implemented by Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes, Olympia Stadium GM Lincoln Cavalieri and Detroit Red Wings’ scout Jack Paterson. The tournament, which has been played in late December every year, has had more than 1.3 million fans in attendance since its inception.

Michigan Tech has won the GLI nine times in 47 appearances. Michigan has competed in 42 GLIs and has claimed 15 titles. Michigan State owns 12 GLI crowns in 38 tries.

Western Michigan will join the three GLI mainstays for the 2012 outdoor event. The Broncos will also be the invitational team in 2014, while Denver will take part in the 2013 tournament.

Tickets for this year’s outdoor GLI will go on sale through Olympia Entertainment on July 12.

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  • WCHAforever

    Can you say tradition and the longest running tournment in college hockey. Where in all of sports can you have division two college team hosting with two Big ten Teams in a NHL rink every since 1965.

    It is always good to see Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Tech Huskies in the same sentence.

    Only a yooper school can host the best, longest running tournment in college hockey history.

    Long live the GLI.

    • Collge Hocke Fan

      Once and for all….. After this year the WCHA NO LONGER EXSIST!!!!
      It’s a travesty that the commissioners of the new league are trying to capitalize on the name.
      The true WCHA is NO MORE!

      • Guest

        U R Dumb

    • BC Fan

      Hate to burst your bubble, but the Beanpot is the longest running tournament in college hockey. While the GLI is nice, the inner city rivalry is the way to go.

  • Yooper Hockey

    Denver is invited to the GLI?

    Why not Finlandia Lions before them.

    Their coach is the face of the NCHC. Why? Why?

    Invite Notre Dame, Harvard, Yale, BU, Maine, Clarkson, Cornell, Providence.

    Denver will play in the money tournment but they won’t play in the WCHA?

  • SaveTheWCHA

    Why not invite teams from out east?

  • Joe Bertagna

    I had the privilege of playing in the 1972 GLI when the field was BU, Harvard, Michigan and Michigan Tech. Legendary coaches. Leon Abbott, Bill Cleary, Al Renfrew and John MacInnes.

  • NotForTheNCHC

    I hope the GLI starts booking teams from the NCHC because they are my favorite league.

    They have teams in Oxford, Ohio, Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, Omaha, Nwbraska, Duluth and St Cloud,Minnesota.

    Just think of the fans and tv coveage the GLI could get with teams from the NCHC.

    The legend coaches they have coaching in that league would be good targets with octuples from the stands that the Detroit fans like to throw.

    I would hope they bring the octupies to the rink when Denver’s coach is at the Joe. He might be hungry for octopus.

  • WCHAOldTimeHockey1951

    When did the WCHA fold? Some Waco is trying to say the WCHA is nonexistent after this year is nuts.

    The WCHA will get the automatic berth while the NCHC doesn’t qualify because they are a new league.

    Just because some teams that recruit overage Canadiens leaves for this make believe league called the “NATIONAL” ie Denver and North Dakota with no name.

    The WCHA has 37 National titles, long tradition, success, and legend players and coaches.

    The WCHA will be around for along time as the NCHC struggles because of high expectations.

    Long live the WCHA.

    • B.D.

      WACO? What does a town in Texas have to do with it?

  • NotForTheNCHC


    You been Waco? Wasn’t their a cult that went up in flames.

    Isn’t the next NCHC meeting in Waco, Texas?

    A tornado might hit the meeting so you might have to move it to San Jose.

  • Sand Bagger

    Why is the WCHA not going to excist?

    Did the league fold because Denver and North Dakota left?

    I bummed the Chargers and those Alaska teams might be playing some Club or Divsion three hockey soon.

    Wasn’t their College teams in Arizona and California before?

    They folded I think the nontradiitional schools have a hard time to stay in college hockey.

    Remember Findley University, Iona, Wayne State, St Louis, Ohio, Kent State, Northern Arizona, Illinois Chicago,.

    College hockey has a history of bad luck.

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