Players set to serve up Muskie tradition

For one day, the Muskie boys’ hockey team will trade in their shoulder pads for a shirt and tie; their skates for dress shoes.
It’s all part of the annual February tradition known as the Muskie tea and bake sale, which goes tomorrow from 2-4 p.m. at the Elks Hall. It’s a chance for the players to mingle with the community and raise funds for their program.
Admission is free.
The Muskies will don their sharpest threads to serve tea or coffee and various cakes throughout the afternoon. A bake sale featuring an assortment of muffins, cookies, and tarts also will be held.
“It’s a fun thing for the boys to serve their fans as a thank you for their support,” said tea convener Denise Miller.
The top draw prize will be diamond ring valued at $1,400. Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5.
A Chinese auction, including a three-day fishing trip at Lac La Croix, beef packages, and homemade bird houses, also will be held. Tickets for that are 15 for $5.
On the ice, the Muskies (1-6-2) will try to build momentum from a 2-2 tie here Tuesday against Dryden when they travel to Kenora tonight to face the second-place Broncos (7-4-1).
The black-and-gold are tied with the Sioux Lookout Warriors (2-8) for the fourth-and-final playoff spot, with a game in hand. They’ll host the Warriors in a crucial two-game set next weekend.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls (4-5) will play their Bronco counterparts in Keewatin tonight.