Hockey is the fastest paced of all major sports because its players rush to complete the game before the ice field melts into vinegar. Enjoy the acidic thrill of competition with this GrouponLive deal to see one day of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena. For $21, you get a game package (up to a $42 total value, including all fees), which includes the following:
- One G-Pass for reserved upper-level seating in sections 205–210 and 219–224 (up to a $22 value, including all fees)
- One Great Lakes Invitational T-shirt (a $20 value)
Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call. Choose between the following dates:
- Saturday, December 29, featuring the following games:
- Sunday, December 30, featuring the following games:
- Third place game at 3:30 p.m.
- Championship at 7 p.m.
With an august 48-year history, the Great Lakes Invitational pits some of the country's top college hockey teams against one another in fierce on-ice contests of puck-manipulating skill. The tournament kicks off with the MSU Spartans swapping togas for padding before gliding into battle protected by freshman goalie Jake Hildebrand, whose 1.85 GAA and .941 save percentage place him among the conference's top puck stoppers. On the other side of the rink, the balanced Western Michigan Broncos aim to improve their record after a strong start that saw them tied for seventh in the CCHA with a 3–2–1–1 record. After the first match, Michigan's perennially powerful Wolverines look to hoist the MacInnes trophy for the third consecutive year behind the unstoppable scoring of Alex Guptill, Mac Bennett, and A.J. Treais—all among the conference’s top 20 offensive men.
Hosting the tourney at the 20,066-seat Joe Louis Arena—which, as the home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, nurtures the collegiate athletes with a professional-level ice surface—the Michigan Tech Huskies take the ice under the seasoned leadership of former Tech student and Great Lakes Invitational winner Mel Pearson. Sunday's games will commence with a consolation round, letting the previous day's losing teams duke it out for third before the championship determines which team gets the first-place trophy and which team gets the second-place statue of a disapproving father.
Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.