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      2013 Great Lakes Invitational going outdoors

      (Courtesy of MTU athletics) Michigan Tech, the annual host of the Great Lakes Invitational Hockey Tournament in Detroit, will take the event outdoors in 2012. The 48th annual GLI will be played at Detroitâ??s Comerica Park as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival and in connection with the NHLâ??s annual Winter Classic, which will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium.The GLI games will be played Dec. 28 and 29 on an ice rink built inside Comerica Park field, home of Major League Baseballâ??s Detroit Tigers. The field of teams for the 2012 GLI are all from Michigan. The semifinals on Dec. 28 will pit Michigan Tech against Michigan in the first game followed by Michigan State vs. Western Michigan in the second. The GLI Third-Place game and Championship will be played Dec. 29.â??This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the best college hockey in the state in a unique environment,â?? said Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. â??We look forward to working with Olympia Entertainment and Comerica Park to host a memorable event for our student-athletes and fans.â??The GLI will comprise only part of the action at Comerica Park during the Hockeytown Winter Festival. A game between notable Red Wings and Maple Leafs alumni is on tap along with other games from youth, high school, major junior and minor professional levels.Both the Red Wings and Tigers are owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch, who were instrumental in bringing the Hockeytown Winter Festival to Comerica Park.â??I want to take the opportunity to thank the Ilitch family for giving college hockeyâ??and specifically Michigan Techâ??a chance to be a part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival,â?? said Tech head coach Mel Pearson. â??Having been a part of three outdoor games in the past, I know our players are being afforded a special opportunity to play in an outdoor game. We really look forward to playing at Comerica.â??The Hockeytown Winter Festival will begin mid-December. The GLI will be the first games showcased on the Comerica Park ice. The 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium.Game times for the 2012 GLI and the full schedule for the Hockeytown Winter Festival will be announced at a later date.