Great Lakes Invitational

For the 14th time in the tournament’s history, four Michigan-based schools will descend upon Hockeytown for the 52nd Annual Great Lakes Invitational on Dec. 29-30. The two-day, single-elimination tournament which has become a holiday tradition for sports fans in southeast Michigan will feature event host Michigan Tech and tournament mainstays Michigan and Michigan State. Special invitee Western Michigan is set to participate in the tournament for the fifth time and first time since winning the MacInnes Cup in 2013 at Comerica Park as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

The four-team tournament starts with a doubleheader matchup on Thursday, Dec. 29 between Michigan (Big Ten) and Michigan Tech (WCHA) at 3:30 p.m., and Western Michigan (NCHC) and Michigan State (Big Ten) at 7:00 p.m. The winners of those contests will advance to the championship game on Friday, 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.

Michigan enters the tournament as the defending champion, having defeated Michigan Tech, 4-2, last year to earn back-to-back championships and capture their record 17th MacInnes Cup.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

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Duel In The D

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 on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. 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.

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Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament

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 from March 16-18.

All five games in the tournament will be covered live nationally by BTN (games at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17; and the championship game at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18).

Thursday’s quarterfinals will feature the No. 3 seed facing the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed battling the No. 5 seed. The top two seeds will open tournament play on Friday in the semifinals, with the No. 1 seed against either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed and the No. 2 seed facing the No. 3 or No. 6 seed. The winner of Saturday’s championship game will be the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championship.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.

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