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Bemidji State alum Sedevie named Bismarck Bobcats coach

Bemidji State alum Layne Sedevie was recently named the head coach of the Bismarck (N.D.) Bobcats Junior A hockey team.

The Bobcats were the 2010 North American Hockey League playoff champions and winners of the Robertson Cup.

Sedevie replaces Byron Pool, who accepted an associate head coaching position with the Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League.

Sedevie, a former Bismarck High standout goaltender, came to the Bobcats before the 2009-10 campaign as an assistant coach. He won 29 games for Bemidji State from 2003-07.

At Bismarck, Sedevie coached the defense and goaltending units that allowed a league-fewest 1.73 goals per game during the 2010 Robertson Cup Playoffs, including a 3-0 shutout of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Robertson Cup championship game.

"Needless to say, it's really exciting for me to be named the new head coach of the Bobcats," said Sedevie. "Growing up and playing in Bismarck, I never thought it could be me behind the bench, but now it feels like a dream come true."

Sedevie filled in for Pool for 10 games during the regular season and compiled a record of 8-2-0 in the role of head coach in 2009-10.

"I'm very confident the team will not skip a beat with Layne behind the bench," said Pool. "Even in his first year, he exhibited a lot of coaching talent and both (Bobcats owner) Thom (Brigl) and I have no doubt the team is in good hands."