By Matt Mackinder / MiCHO Editor-In-Chief
Several Michigan-based college hockey teams will be competing in holiday tournaments in two weeks before the second half of the regular season kicks in.
In arguably the most prestigious tournament of them all, Michigan, Michigan State, Michigan Tech and this year’s invited school, Providence, will take part in the Great Lakes Invitational Dec. 28-29 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
The Spartans won the GLI last year and in 2004 and aim to send their seniors out with their third title.
Michigan and Providence play in the first semifinal with Michigan State and the Huskies in the nightcap.
All four GLI games will be televised on FSN Detroit.
Northern Michigan will be in the Denver Cup with host Denver and Dartmouth and Sacred Heart from Dec. 28-29 in Colorado. NMU opens the tournament against Dartmouth.
At the Catamount Cup Dec. 29-30 in Burlington, Vt., Western Michigan will do battle with host Vermont along with Quinnipiac and Holy Cross. The Broncos face Quinnipiac in their first game.
Ferris State, Brown (and ex-Wayne State assistant coach Danny Brooks), Army and Connecticut go after the UConn Hockey Classic title out east. FSU will tackle Brown on Dec. 28.
The other Michigan schools – Lake Superior State and Wayne State – are idle until the first weekend in January.