For the 14th time in tournament history, four Michigan-based schools will descended upon Hockeytown for the 52nd Annual Great Lakes Invitational.
The two-day, single-elimination tournament which has become a college hockey holiday tradition featured event host Michigan Tech and tournament mainstays Michigan and Michigan State. Special invitee Western Michigan participated in the tournament for the fifth time - the first since winning the MacInnes Cup in 2013 at Comerica Park during the Hockeytown Winter Festival.
Michigan entered the tournament as the defending champion after defeating Michigan Tech, 4-2, last year to earn back-to-back championships and capture their record 17th MacInnes Cup.
The fierce in-state rivalry between the Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans continues with the Duel in the D at Joe Louis Arena.
The Wolverines and Spartans will once again compete for the Iron D Trophy, which is awarded to the winner of the annual clash at The Joe. Last season, the Spartans claimed the Iron D in the trophy's inaugural year with a 3-2 overtime win over the Wolverines.
The Duel in the D features the most-played rivalry in college hockey, as the two teams have squared off 309 times, with the Wolverines currently holding a slight edge in the all-time series, 159-131-19. Michigan and Michigan State have met at least once per season at Joe Louis Arena since 1990, with the Wolverines holding the series advantage in the annual game at The Joe with a 14-11-4 record.
The Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament returns to Joe Louis Arena for the second time in three years as The Joe will once again play host to all six Big Ten teams - Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin - in a single-elimination format tournament.
Last season, Michigan defeated Minnesota to capture the 2016 Big Ten Tournament title at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis after the Golden Gophers beat the Wolverines in the 2015 championship game at The Joe.