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Great Lakes Invitational is month away

Annual tournament to take place Dec. 29-30 at Joe Louis Arena

Friday, 11.30.2012 / 6:58 PM ET / Press Release
By Rick Bowness  - Public Relations Coordinator
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Great Lakes Invitational is month away

DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment’s 2012-13 ‘College Hockey in the D’ schedule is set to begin four weeks from tomorrow as the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational gets underway on Saturday, December 29 at Joe Louis Arena. For the 48th year in a row, four high-profile NCAA hockey teams will descend upon the Motor City for a two-day, single-elimination-style tournament that has become a holiday tradition for sports fans in southeastern Michigan. Event mainstays Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech will once again be competing for the MacInnes Cup this year, with special invitee Western Michigan set to participate for the first time since they claimed the tournament title in 1986 and the third time overall.

"It's always a good experience for our players to skate at Joe Louis Arena and this tournament is something that they look forward to every year,” says Wolverines coach and former Red Wings forward Red Berenson.

Western Michigan (currently the No. 10-ranked team in the country) will kick off the 48th annual GLI on Dec. 29 when they battle the Spartans at 3:30 p.m. Host school Michigan Tech will then take on Michigan at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal showdown of the day. On Dec. 30, Saturday’s losing squads will square off in the consolation game (puck drop is 3:30 p.m.) with the championship match set for Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

GLI tickets are available for purchase at the Joe Louis Arena box office (313-396-7575), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and online at OlympiaEntertainment.com.

Special value-laden Little Caesars Family Packs featuring four seats, four pieces of pizza and four soft drinks are available starting at just $44 per package. Student tickets are also available for as low as $10 apiece.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80