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Great Lakes Invitational

Date: Dec 27 - Dec 28, 2022
The 57th Annual Great Lakes Invitational will take place at Van Andel Arena on Tuesday, December 27 and Wednesday, December 28, 2022 hosted by Michigan Tech.

The 57th GLI starts with a doubleheader matchup on Tuesday, December 27 between Michigan Tech (CCHA) and Western Michigan (NCHC) at 3:30 p.m., followed by Michigan State (Big Ten) against Ferris State (CCHA) at 7 p.m. The winners of those contests will advance to the GLI Championship game on Wednesday, December 28 at 7 p.m., while the puck drops on the GLI Third Place game at 3:30 p.m. on the same day.

The Great Lakes Invitational was first played in 1965 after the idea for the tournament was conceived and implemented by Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes, Olympia Stadium General Manager Lincoln Cavalieri, and Detroit Red Wings Scout Jack Paterson. The tournament has been played at Olympia Stadium (1965-78), Joe Louis Arena (1979–2012, 2014–16), Comerica Park (2013), and Little Caesars Arena (2018-19). COVID-19 canceled the 2020 GLI and teams played a non-tournament showcase style event in 2021.

This will be the 17th time in tournament history with four Michigan-based teams.


Tuesday, December 27
  • 3:30 p.m. – Michigan Tech vs. Western Michigan
  • 7:00 p.m. – Michigan State vs. Ferris State
Tickets provide entry to both games that day. Please note that there is no re-entry between games each day.

Wednesday, December 28
  • 3:30 p.m. – Third Place Game
  • 7:00 p.m. – Championship Game
Tickets provide entry to both games that day. Please note that there is no re-entry between games each day.

Ticket prices are subject to change. For current ticket prices, visit Ticket prices may vary, as market pricing applies to all tickets. Prices may fluctuate based on supply and demand. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or on-line at

TUESDAY TICKETS : Tuesday tickets are good for both the 3:30PM & 7:00PM game on Tuesday, December 27

WEDNESDAY TICKETS : Wednesday tickets are good for both the 3:30PM & 7:00PM game on Wednesday, December 28

Please note Van Andel Arena has a NO RE-ENTRY policy.

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Great Lakes Invitational
Dec 27 - Dec 28, 2022
*By purchasing or otherwise accepting a ticket to this Event, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus) exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Event, you and any guest voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and agree not to hold Great Lakes Invitational or any participating school, ASM Global, Van Andel Arena, and the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan for any illness or injury in connection with your or your guests' attendance at the Event.


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