GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Michigan Tech is internet hosting the 2022 Excellent Lakes Invitational at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on December 27-28. GLI mainstay Michigan Condition will be part of the Huskies along with Western Michigan and Ferris Point out as the groups contend for the MacInnes Cup in a two-day, solitary-elimination event.
“We are fired up to continue the storied tradition of the GLI,” Michigan Tech Athletic Director Suzanne Sanregret claimed. “We have often been dedicated to receiving back again to a match-design and style party and know that our followers and alumni are excited for the Huskies to protect the title.
“It is been a enjoyment to get the job done with Van Andel Arena and the Grand Rapids Griffins together with the administrators and coaches at Michigan State, Western Michigan, and Ferris Condition to proceed the illustrious record of this leading university hockey match. We glance forward to incorporating to the fantastic traditions of the match and generating exciting reminiscences for the pupil-athletes, coaches, and enthusiasts.”
The 57th GLI commences with a doubleheader matchup on Tuesday, December 27 concerning Michigan Tech (CCHA) and Western Michigan (NCHC) at 3:30 p.m., adopted by Michigan State (Huge 10) towards Ferris Point out (CCHA) at 7 p.m. The winners of individuals contests will advance to the GLI Championship activity on Wednesday, December 28 at 7 p.m., even though the puck drops on the 3rd-put match at 3:30 p.m. on the similar working day.
The Fantastic Lakes Invitational was very first played in 1965 after the plan for the tournament was conceived and applied by Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes, Olympia Stadium Typical Manager Lincoln Cavalieri, and Detroit Red Wings Scout Jack Paterson. The event has been played at Olympia Stadium (1965-78), Joe Louis Arena (1979–2012, 2014–16), Comerica Park (2013), and Small Caesars Arena (2018-19). COVID-19 canceled the 2020 GLI and teams played a non-tournament showcase model party in 2021.
It will be the 17th time in tournament record with four Michigan-primarily based groups. Michigan Tech has received the GLI 11 occasions in 55 tournaments and is the defending winner after a pair of 4-2 victories in the 2019 GLI. Michigan Point out has 12 GLI titles in 47 tournaments. Western Michigan has 3 titles in five appearances. Ferris Condition will be producing its 3rd visual appearance at the match.
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Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Shawhan: “We are definitely hunting ahead to getting back to a tournament-style GLI. It truly is usually a emphasize of our period, with good quality level of competition. Our admirers and alumni do a great position of supporting us where ever we go, but it is really particularly potent at the GLI. It generally feels like residence.”
Michigan Condition Head Mentor Adam Nightingale: “Michigan State is happy to be a component of the excellent custom of the GLI. Grand Rapids is a excellent hockey city and we seem ahead to enjoying in a packed Van Andel Arena.”
Western Michigan Head Coach Pat Ferschweiler: “We are fired up for our plan to, at the time all over again, compete in the Terrific Lakes Invitational. It truly is a tournament with a prolonged and very pleased tradition that our admirer base normally enjoys staying a section of.”
Ferris Point out Head Mentor Bob Daniels: “We are very pleased to be taking part in in this year’s GLI. This is a storied, and longest-functioning, collegiate hockey tourney in the country, and has a great record of memorable champions. The actuality that it is the inaugural time it is becoming held Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids only adds to the exhilaration. We forward to a huge turnout from the Bulldog Country to assist root us on to victory.”