Monday, February 13, 2012

GLI Going Outdoors in 2012

The Detroit Red Wings facing off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2013 NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor isn't the only outdoor hockey news for next season.

The Great Lakes Invitational, which has always been held indoors since 1965 in Detroit, first at the now-demolished Olympia and now at its current home of Joe Louis Arena, will also move outdoors when it is contested at Comerica Park in Detroit in late December. The 2012 field at the home of MLB's Detroit Tigers will include regulars Michigan, winner of the last two GLIs, Michigan Tech, and Michigan State, along with Western Michigan.

Look for a host of ancillary hockey events to also be held at both Michigan venues, from mites to minor leagues, much like with Fenway Park in Boston this year. That, and pass the hot chocolate.

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