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Great Lakes Invitational

Great Lakes Invitational

Date: Dec 28 - Dec 29, 2023
Cost: Price Varies
Great Lakes Invitational is back at Van Andel Arena for two days of action on December 28 & 29, 2023.

The 2023 competition will feature Michigan Tech, Michigan State, Ferris State and Alaska Fairbanks.

The 57th GLI starts with a doubleheader matchup on Thursday, December 28 between Michigan Tech and Alaska at 3:30 p.m., followed by Michigan State against Ferris State at 7 p.m. The winners of those contests will advance to the GLI Championship game on Friday, December 29 at 7 p.m., while the puck drops on the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. on the same day.

Michigan Tech has won the GLI 11 times in 56 tournaments, taking home the MacInnes Cup most recently in 2019. Michigan State has 12 GLI titles in 48 tournaments. Ferris State will be making its fourth appearance at the tournament and was the runner-up in 2022 for the first time in program history. Alaska will play in its first GLI in 2023.

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), Little Caesars Arena (2018-19), and Van Andel Arena (2022). COVID-19 canceled the 2020 GLI and teams played a non-tournament showcase-style event in 2021.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 22 at 10 AM. 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

Plan Your Visit

Great Lakes Invitational
Great Lakes Invitational
Dec 28 - Dec 29, 2023
Price Varies

GLI Open Skate at Rosa Parks:

Friday, December 29th from 11AM - 1PM at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Open public skate with some pep bands and mascots making appearances.

*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, 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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