SPORTS BULLETIN: Sioux City Musketeers to remove Kivelnieks No.35 jersey on Friday | Briefs



Big weekend for the Muskies

SIOUX CITY – This weekend will be full of emotion for the Musketeers.

The Musketeers will withdraw sweater no 35, in honor of the late Matiss Kivlenieks.

There will be a ceremony before Friday’s game at 7:05 p.m. against Tri-City. Musketeers goalkeeper coach Shane Clifford, who was a close friend of Kivlenieks, will be in attendance.

The first 1000 fans will receive a poster of Kivlenieks.

“We will have special tributes for him,” said Musketeers CEO Travis Morgan. “It will be a special night. We will have heavy hearts, but it’s going to be a special night. He has kept in touch with a lot of people here in Sioux City. It was very close and expensive. It’s’ It will be a tough night, but it will be a magical night for sure. ”

Kivlenieks, who played for the Musketeers, died during the summer in an accident.

Then, at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, against Des Moines, the Musketeers will have their annual Cross Check Cancer night.

The Musketeers will help raise funds for UnityPoint Sioux City by hosting a jersey auction after the game.

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