He used to wear red, white, and blue in Bismarck for the Century Patriots and was coached by Troy Olson, but now Kirklan Irey has changed his uniform to the black and gold of the Bismarck Bobcats, who are led by Head Coach Layne Sedevie. Coach Sedevie does not see Irey playing all three years of junior hockey for the Bobcats. He told the Sheriff’s Patrol in an earlier interview that he could see Irey playing in the USHL before he heads off to play for the Division 1 Bemidji State Beavers of the WCHA Conference.
The Sheriff’s Patrol talked to the 5’10” 165 pound forward Irey who noted that one of the differences between high school hockey and junior hockey is the speed and physicality of which the game is managed and played. He credits his fellow line mates Jacob Marti and Sam Malinski for preparing him to play the right way before college hockey. He also credits his Bobcat coaches Sedevie and Assistant Coach Garrett Roth for teaching their knowledge and love of the hockey game to the 18 year old.
Irey, who was selected to play in the NAHL’s Top Prospect games in Boston last month for the Select Red Team, has played in 46 games for the Bobcats this season with 6 goals and 12 assists for a total of 18 points.
The Sheriff’s Patrol would like to thank Kirklan for taking the time to sit down with me on a game day before leaving to take on the Minot Minotauros in Minot this last Wednesday.