Bismarck Native Set to Join Hometown Team
Bismarck, ND – The Bobcats have acquired the rights to Bismarck native TJ Irey.
“He’s done a good job of wanting to be a hockey player,” said Bismarck head coach and general manager Layne Sedevie. “He brings grit and good character to our team, and he has the ability to play in all situations.”
Irey, a forward, comes to Bismarck after two seasons with the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL. The Bobcats sent assets to the Lone Star Brahmas, who held Irey’s NAHL rights.
“It’s been a dream come true for me. I’ve always wanted to wear a Bobcat jersey,” Irey said. “Growing up as a kid, I went to all the games. Now to have the opportunity to finally do it, I can’t wait for the season to start.”
Irey put up over 100 points in two seasons with Bismarck High School before heading to Estevan. Irey recorded nearly a point-per-game average last season with the Bruins, scoring 19 goals and adding 27 assists for 46 points in 47 games.
“He played at Bismarck High, the same high school as I did,” Sedevie said. “It means a lot when you can have those kids play in their own city and wear the Bobcat jersey.”
Irey’s cousin Kirklan, also a Bismarck native, played for the Bobcats last season.
“We have lots of family in town,” Irey said. “They don’t have to really travel that far to watch another Irey play.”
The Bobcats report to camp on August 22, and begin preseason play on September 6 at home. Bismarck plays Irey’s former Estevan squad on September 7 in the Battle of the Border at the Starion Sports Complex in Mandan.
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