Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/29/05 at 02:44 PM ET
Christmas means many things to many people, but for Michigan Tech hockey fans it is often spelled with only three letters: G-L-I, for the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament. This holiday classic tourney has been held in Detroit every year since 1965 and was the brainchild of Huskies coach John MacInnes, Detroit Red Wings scout Jack Paterson, and Lincoln Cavalieri, the general manager of Detroit's Olympia Stadium. "At the time there was a lack of American-born players in the NHL," recalls Rick Yeo, captain of the 1965-66 Huskies team, the first to participate in the tournament. "Their thoughts were that a prestigious college hockey tournament in the Detroit Red Wings' home site would spur interest among this targeted group." Jack Tompkins, vice president of American Airlines, shared his support - along with sponsorship dollars and a set of trophies and plaques for the participating teams.read on
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