Your schedule for games worth watching this season

No Wings? No problem. Here’s a calendar of just some of the many games you can watch this year, to get your fill of great hockey in the state of Michigan. They are all games to be played within Michigan’s borders, and yes, we realize that these are only some of the games to watch this season. The best part of hockey in Michigan is that a list like this can never, ever be complete.

UM and MSU renew their rivalry (photo by Dave Reginek/DRW)


1 – The NTDP U18 squad hosts Mike Downing and the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Cube

2-3 – Michigan travels to Northern Michigan

4 – The Spirit welcome Sarnia to Saginaw

6 – Saginaw visits Plymouth for the first time this year in this in-state rivalry

6-11 – The Four Nations Tournament at the Cube brings international talent to Ann Arbor

7 – The Griffins play a matinee game at 11 a.m.

9 – Michigan State visits Michigan while the Whalers host the Windsor Spitfires

10 – Michigan drives up to East Lansing for a rematch, and the Whalers welcome the London Knights

14 – The Whalers show up in Saginaw

15-16 – Notre Dame heads to Ann Arbor for two games with Michigan

21 – Windsor returns to Plymouth

23 – The Griffins welcome the Chicago Wolves to Van Andel, and host a teddy bear toss at the same time

30 – The Buckeyes visit Michigan State for two games

The Griffins provide fans with the opportunity to see future Red Wings. (Mark Newman/Grand Rapids Griffins)


1 – The NTDP U17 team visits the Muskegon Lumberjacks

4 – Michigan Tech travels to Northern Michigan for a bragging rights battle

7 – Saginaw clashes with Plymouth

7-8 – Ferris State and Western Michigan get back to work on their rivalry

14-15 – Western Michigan visits Yost, while North Dakota visits Michigan Tech

15 – Ferris State takes on Michigan State

27 – Another showdown between the Spirit and Whalers

27-28 – The Great Lakes Invitational takes place outdoors

28 – Griffins vs. Marlies, indoor edition

29 – London at Plymouth, Windsor at Saginaw, but everything at Comerica Park

30 – Marlies and Griffins outdoor edition

31 – The hyped Alumni Showdown games at Comerica Park, plus the Griffins’ annual NYE game

Check out the Whalers' annual afternoon game on MLK Day. (Rena Laverty/Plymouth Whalers)


1 – Michigan State heads to Yost

4 – The NTDP U18 squad travels down the street to Yost

5 – Michigan State drives out to Ferris State

11-12 – Notre Dame comes to East Lansing

12 – The Griffins take on Peoria as part of the Great Skate Winterfest

18 – Ferris State makes another trip to Munn

18-19 – Michigan visits Lake Superior State

20 – The NTDP U18 squad welcomes the Steel at Cube

21 – Erie visits Plymouth for the Whalers’ annual 2 p.m. start on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

22 – The NTDP U18 team takes on the Spartans

25 – Michigan visits Western Michigan, while the Penn State Nittany Lions visit Michigan State

Chase Balisy and the Broncos are just one of the college teams battling for a title. (Dave Reginek/DRW)


1-2 Western Michigan and Ferris State do battle once again

2 – Michigan and Michigan State take their rivalry to The Joe

8-9 Miami visits Western Michigan in a CCHA heavyweight bout

12 – Northern Michigan visits Michigan Tech in an up-north showdown

13 – Plymouth drives to Saginaw

15-16 – Northern Michigan drives down to East Lansing

22 – The Spitfires visit the Whalers

22-23 – Notre Dame comes to Western Michigan

24 – The Griffins host their second annual “Purple Game” to benefit the Van Andel Institute and cancer survivors

The CCHA hosts their final championship in March.


1 – The Muskegon Lumberjacks visit the Cube and the NTDP U18 team

1-2 – Western Michigan at Michigan State, Ferris State and Michigan, and Lake Superior State at Northern Michigan mark the final regular-season weekend for the CCHA

8-9 – The CCHA playoffs begin at campus sites

15 – The NTDP U18 team drives to Muskegon

15-16 – The WCHA playoffs begin for Michigan Tech, and the CCHA playoffs continue

16 – The Spitfires come to Compuware

23 – The NTDP U18s go to Muskegon again

23-24 The CCHA hosts their final championship weekend at Joe Louis Arena, and the championship is played on Selection Sunday

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