June 18, 2012
DETROIT, Mich. -- Michigan Technological
University and Olympia Entertainment announced today (Monday, June
18) that they have extended their partnership in hosting the Great
Lakes Invitational through 2014. One of college hockey's longest
standing annual tournaments, the GLI will continue to feature Michigan
Tech, Michigan, Michigan State and one invitational team.
"The Great Lakes Invitational tournament has become a
long-standing tradition with our program and other schools in the
state. We are pleased that this annual holiday tournament will
continue for the foreseeable future," said Dave
Brandon, Michigan's Donald R. Shepherd Director of
The new three-year contract will take the GLI through its 50th year
of existence. The 2012 event will be played outdoors at Comerica Park
as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival and in connection with the
NHL's Winter Classic, which will take place at Michigan Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2013. The 2013 and 2014 editions of the GLI will be played at
Joe Louis Arena, home of 33 of the previous 47 tournaments.
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,
which has been played in late December every year, has grown into one
of the nation's premier holiday sporting events with more than 1.3
million fans in attendance since its inception.
Michigan has won the last two tournaments and has captured the
crown four of the last five years. The Wolverines have 15 titles in
all, the most of any participating school.
Contact: Rob Tillotson (734) 763-4423