Great Lakes Invitational fields announced through 2016

By Michael Caples -

Michigan Tech has announced the next four Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament fields, and the people of Michigan will enjoy it.

Western Michigan will join traditional GLi participants Michigan Tech, Michigan State, and the University of Michigan outdoors this winter at Comerica Park, as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

When the games shift back to Joe Louis Arena in 2014, Ferris State will be the fourth participant, in the 50th anniversary of the Great Lakes Invitational.

In 2015, Northern Michigan will round out the four teams participating in the GLi, and then Western Michigan will return for 2016.

“We’re excited to be able to renew some in-state rivalries at the GLi in the coming years,” said Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret in a statement. “The Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Michigan and Michigan State have been great partners with Michigan Tech over the years. We look forward to adding to the great tradition and history of the tournament.”