Great Lakes Invitational

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Great Lakes Invitational
GLI logo.svg
Sport college ice hockey
Founded 1965
No. of teams 4
Venue(s) Comerica Park (2013)
Joe Louis Arena (1979–2012)
Olympia Stadium (1965–1978)
Most recent champion(s) Western Michigan
Most titles Michigan (15)
TV partner(s) Fox Sports Detroit
Founder John MacInnes, Jack Peterson, Jack Tompkins

The Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) is a four-team NCAA men's ice hockey tournament held annually at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit between Christmas and New Year as part of College Hockey at The Joe.

The tournament was born out of a conversation between the general manager of Olympia Stadium, Lincoln Cavalieri, Michigan Tech's legendary coach, John MacInnes, and Detroit Red Wings scout Jack Paterson. The three men were discussing the lack of American-born players in the National Hockey League and concluded that a prestigious collegiate tournament could make a difference by promoting interest in hockey among young athletes, as well as the general public. Jack Tompkins, American Airlines vice president, former University of Michigan goalie, and a member of the Detroit Red Wings organization, championed their vision as well, and together in 1965, they founded the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament.

The GLI has grown into one of the premier college and holiday sporting events in the country, originating at Detroit's Olympia Stadium. Michigan Tech, the host for the tournament since its inception, added Michigan as a co-host in 1976[citation needed] and moved into its present home, Joe Louis Arena, in 1979.

Michigan State University is traditionally selected as a third participant while the fourth is a different team each season. Ferris State University will participate in 2014, Northern Michigan University in 2015, and Western Michigan University in 2016.

The 2012 edition of the invitational was originally scheduled to take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, MI on December 27–28. The cancellation of the 2013 NHL Winter Classic meant the NHL would not build the additional rink at Comerica Park, therefore the GLI was moved into Joe Louis Arena where it is traditionally played.[1] Because the lockout prevented 2012's guest, Western Michigan, from playing outdoors at Comerica Park as originally promised, they were invited again in 2013, when the GLI was finally held at Comerica. In a rematch from 2012's Championship game, Western defeated Michigan Tech 1-0 in overtime.

Yearly results[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place Jack Tompkins Trophy (MVP)
2013 Western Michigan Michigan Tech Michigan State Michigan Lukas Hafner, WMU
2012 Michigan Tech Western Michigan Michigan Michigan State Pheonix Copley, MTU
2011 Michigan Michigan State Boston College Michigan Tech Kevin Clare, UM
2010 Michigan Colorado College Michigan State Michigan Tech Luke Glendening, UM
2009 Michigan State Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Michigan Michigan Tech Brett Perlini, MSU
2008 Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech North Dakota Louie Caporusso, UM
2007 Michigan Michigan Tech Providence Michigan State Billy Sauer, UM
2006 Michigan State Michigan Harvard Michigan Tech Bryan Lerg, MSU
2005 Colorado College Michigan State Michigan Michigan Tech Joey Crabb, CC
2004 Michigan State Michigan New Hampshire Michigan Tech Jim Slater, MSU
2003 Boston College Michigan State Michigan Michigan Tech Joe Pearce, BC
2002 Boston University Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Sean Fields, BU
2001 North Dakota Michigan State Michigan Michigan Tech Tim Skarperud, UND
2000 Michigan State Michigan Tech Boston College Michigan Ryan Miller, MSU
1999 Michigan State Michigan Michigan Tech Lake Superior State Shawn Horcoff, MSU
1998 Michigan State Michigan Northern Michigan Michigan Tech Mike Gresl, MSU
1997 Michigan State Michigan Michigan Tech St. Lawrence Mike Weaver, MSU
1996 Michigan Lake Superior State Michigan State Michigan Tech Brendan Morrison, UM
1995 Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Northern Michigan Brendan Morrison, UM
1994 Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Cornell Brendan Morrison, UM
1993 Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Notre Dame David Oliver, UM
1992 Michigan Northern Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Cam Stewart, UM
1991 Michigan Michigan Tech Michigan State Harvard Steve Shields, UM
1990 Michigan Maine Michigan Tech Michigan State Steve Shields, UM
1989 Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Northern Michigan Warren Sharples, UM
1988 Michigan North Dakota Michigan State Michigan Tech Todd Brost, UM
1987 Wisconsin Michigan State Michigan Michigan Tech Dean Anderson, UW
1986 Western Michigan Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Bill Horn, WMU
1985 Michigan State Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Michigan Michigan Tech Don McSween, MSU
1984 Michigan State Michigan Tech Michigan Bowling Green Bob Essensa, MSU
1983 Michigan State Michigan Tech Northern Michigan Michigan Dan McFall, MSU
1982 Michigan State Michigan Tech Michigan Notre Dame Dale Krentz, MSU
1981 Notre Dame Michigan Tech Michigan, Michigan State Dave Laurion, ND
1980 Michigan Tech Michigan Michigan State Harvard Paul Fricker, UM
1979 Michigan Tech Michigan Wisconsin Michigan State Murray Eaves, UM
1978 Michigan Tech Ohio State Boston University Michigan John Rockwell, MTU
1977 Michigan Tech Michigan Lake Superior State Western Michigan Dave Joelson, MTU
1976 Michigan Tech Michigan Brown Bowling Green Greg Hay, MTU
1975 Michigan Michigan Tech Boston University Pennsylvania Stu Ostlund, MTU
1974 Michigan Tech Michigan Harvard Yale Robbie Moore, UM
1973 Michigan State Michigan Tech Boston College Pennsylvania Tom Ross, MSU
1972 Harvard Michigan Tech Boston University Michigan Dave Hynes, Har
1971 Michigan Tech Michigan State Dartmouth Notre Dame Ian Williams, ND
1970 Michigan Tech Michigan Colgate Brown Mike Usitalo, MTU
1969 New Hampshire Michigan State Michigan Tech Princeton Larry Smith, UNH
1968 Michigan Tech Wisconsin Michigan State Michigan Bill Watt, MSU
1967 North Dakota Michigan Tech Michigan State Western Ontario Roger Bamburak, UND
1966 Michigan Michigan State Michigan Tech Western Ontario Mel Wakabayashi, UM
1965 Toronto Michigan Tech Boston University Colorado College Henry Monteith, UT

Team records[edit]

Team Titles Runner-up Third place Fourth place Years participated
Michigan 15 13 10 6 44
Michigan State 12 13 11 4 40
Michigan Tech 10 13 10 16 49
Western Michigan 2 1 0 1 4
North Dakota 2 1 0 1 4
Toronto 1 0 0 0 1
New Hampshire 1 0 1 0 2
Colorado College 1 1 0 1 3
Wisconsin 1 1 1 0 3
Boston College 1 0 3 0 4
Notre Dame 1 0 0 3 4
Boston University 1 0 4 0 5
Harvard 1 0 2 2 5
Maine 0 1 0 0 1
Ohio State 0 1 0 0 1
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 0 2 0 0 2
Lake Superior State 0 1 1 1 3
Northern Michigan 0 1 2 2 5
Colgate 0 0 1 0 1
Dartmouth 0 0 1 0 1
Providence 0 0 1 0 1
Brown 0 0 1 1 2
Cornell 0 0 0 1 1
Princeton 0 0 0 1 1
St Lawrence 0 0 0 1 1
Yale 0 0 0 1 1
Bowling Green 0 0 0 2 2
Pennsylvania 0 0 0 2 2
Western Ontario 0 0 0 2 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Retrieved 11-2-2012.