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      MTU announces future opponents for GLI

      Courtesy: MTU

      The fields are set for the next four Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournaments it was announced today by Michigan Tech athletic director Suzanne Sanregret. The Huskies serve as the host of the annual four-team event with Michigan and Michigan State as mainstays.The hockey holiday tradition will have an all-Michigan flavor for the next four years.Western Michigan will join the Huskies, Wolverines and Spartans at this December's outdoor tournament at Comerica Park. The Broncos finished runner-up to Michigan Tech at last year's GLI. Ferris State will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the GLI when it returns to Joe Louis Arena in 2014. Tech's arch rival, Northern Michigan, has been invited to play in the 2015 GLI. Western Michigan returns again in 2016 as the invitational team."We're excited to be able to renew some in-state rivalries at the GLI in the coming years," said Sanregret. "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."The Great Lakes Invitational was first played in 1965 after the idea for the tournament was conceived and implemented by Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes, Olympia Stadium General Manager Lincoln Cavalieri and Detroit Red Wings Scout Jack Paterson. The tournament, which has been played in late December every year, has grown into one of the nation's premier holiday sporting events with more than 1.3 million fans in attendance since its inception.Michigan Tech has won the GLI 10 times in 48 appearances including last year's via a pair of 4-0 victories. Michigan has competed in 43 GLIs and has claimed 15 titles. Michigan State owns 12 GLI crowns in 39 tries.The 2013 Great Lakes Invitational is set for Dec. 27 and 28 outdoors at Comerica Park, home of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers. The GLI will lead off five consecutive days of hockey at Comerica as part of the Sirius XM Hockeytown Winter Festival. Two Ontario Hockey League games, an American Hockey League game and two Red Wings-Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Games are scheduled for the days following the GLI.Michigan Tech faces Michigan State in the first semifinal on Dec. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Michigan will play Western Michigan in the other semifinal at 7 p.m. The third-place game and championship game are slated for 3:30 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 28.Tickets for the GLI and Sirius XM Hockeytown Winter Festival are currently available at Ticketmaster.com.