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Great Lakes Invitational

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

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


Tuesday, December 27th
  • 3:30 p.m. – Michigan Tech vs. Western Michigan
  • 7:00 p.m. – Michigan State vs. Ferris State
Wednesday, December28th
  • 3:30 p.m. – Consolation Game
  • 7:00 p.m. – Championship Game

Ticket packages will go on sale in early August.

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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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