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GLI tickets go on sale Oct. 26

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – College hockey’s brightest young stars will once again be on display at Joe Louis Arena this year, as the 51st Annual Great Lakes Invitational will take place at The Joe on Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30.

For the 13th time in the tournament’s history, four Michigan-based schools will descend upon Hockeytown for a two-day, single-elimination tournament that has become a holiday tradition for sports fans in southeast Michigan for more than half a century. Event host Michigan Tech, along with mainstays Michigan and Michigan State, will once again be competing for the MacInnes Cup. Special invitee Northern Michigan is set to participate in the tournament for the sixth time.

The four-team tournament starts with a doubleheader matchup on Tuesday, Dec. 29 between Michigan State (Big Ten) and Michigan Tech (WCHA) at 3:30 p.m., and Northern Michigan (WCHA) and Michigan (Big Ten) at 7:00 p.m. The winners of those contests will advance to the championship game on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m., while the other two teams will meet in the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. on the same day. All four games of the GLI will be televised live on FOX Sports Detroit.

Michigan enters the tournament as the defending champion, having defeated Michigan State, 2-1, to capture their record 16th MacInnes Cup in the 300th all-time meeting between the interstate rivals. The Wolverines’ lineup also features the most NHL draft picks (12) in the field.

Individual tickets for the 51st annual Great Lakes Invitational are on sale Monday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. Little Caesars Family 4-Packs are also available for the GLI. The offer features four tickets, four slices of pizza or hot dogs and four soft drinks, starting at $49 per day.

Individual tickets, along with the Little Caesars Family 4-Packs, can be purchased at the JLA Box Office (313-471-7575), all Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) outlets, and online at

Lower Level Reserved Rows 0-1 $40 $70 $40
Lower Level Reserved Rows 2-20 $25 $40 $20
Upper Level GA Rows 1-20 $15 $20 $10
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