Muskies raises funds for family of deceased hockey player in Sioux Lookout – Fort Frances Times

Sioux Lookout Warriors hockey player Sierra Hoppe died suddenly on February 26 at the age of just 14. The Fort Frances High Muskies are raising funds to help his family through this difficult time.

Muskies women’s hockey coach Nicole Clarke said she reached out to the Sioux North coach to express the condolences of the Muskies women’s and men’s teams.

“I was able to reach out to their coach and convey our condolences from both Muskies organizations, girls and boys,” Clarke said. “I also made sure they were comfortable with us honoring Sierra when they come to Fort on Wednesday.”

The Sioux North Warriors will be in attendance tonight (Wednesday) for boys and girls hockey games and both Muskies teams will wear number 10 stickers on their helmets in memory of Hoppe. The four teams will meet at the Ice For Kids rink for a pre-game ceremony and the Muskie girls will also use red tape on their sticks as red was Hoppe’s favorite color.

The Muskies had played Sioux North on Feb. 24, just days before Hoppe’s death.

Hoppe’s father contacted Clarke to clarify some rumors about the circumstances of his daughter’s death.

“He just wanted to make sure that [we knew] it was no one’s fault and it was just a devastating loss. It was unexpected and there was nothing anyone could do,” Clarked said. “He was also able to reach out and say he was really grateful for the support of the hockey family.”

The Muskies will honor deceased Sioux Lookout player Sierra Hoppe at tonight’s game with #10 stickers on their helmets. They will also be raffling off Jets tickets to raise money for Sierra’s family.

To continue supporting Hoppe’s family, the Muskies hockey teams are raffling off a pair of tickets to a Winnipeg Jets game on Sunday, April 24 against the Colorado Avalanche.

“One of our parents, Jennifer Antonick, was able to contact a member of the Winnipeg Jets organization and explain to him what happened and they gave us two tickets to draw,” Clarke said. “We sold tickets last night (Monday) and we will sell them on Wednesday at the boys’ and girls’ games. I believe the tally after Monday’s game was just over $700.

Tickets are sold by donation and will be available at games tonight at the Memorial Sports Complex, warm-ups for boys start at 6:45 p.m. and girls at 7:00 p.m.

Catherine J. Martinez