Brothers doing battle: Carter and Colby Krier reunite on opposite sides of the ice

Carter is an assistant coach at East Grand Forks, while Colby is a junior defenseman for Moorhead.

Kriers bonded by hockey
Carter Krier (left) sits with is younger brother Colby (right) before Tuesday night's East Grand Forks-Moorhead boys hockey game.
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MOORHEAD — Rare are the moments before a gameday when Carter and Colby Krier get to talk.

On Tuesday night, before East Grand Forks faced off with Moorhead, the brothers got that opportunity to sit and chat in an empty rink.

There was plenty of trash talk.

"Our goalie's going to stop you tonight," Carter said, poking at his younger sibling. "I know that."

It's a special moment considering the two were just hours away from being opponents.


Carter is an assistant coach for East Grand Forks, while Colby suits up as a junior defenseman for Moorhead.

"The game is circled on the calendar, and we know when it's coming," Carter said.

"Growing up, we always battled against each other," Colby said. "Coming into high school hockey, it's cool to play his team."

The brothers got a good test of facing each other as kids.

"I was always the goalie and he was the shooter, so mom would always let him shoot on me," Carter remembered. "I never loved it."

Carter played his high school hockey at EGF while the rest of the Kriers stayed in Moorhead. Once he knew his playing days were behind him, Carter took to the bench as a coach.

Part of his start came with coaching Colby in Elite League play.

"If you're not doing what you're supposed to, he'll get after you," Colby said. "Other than that, he's liked by many of the guys."


In 2019, Carter returned to his alma mater as an assistant for the Green Wave. The next season, Colby was called up to play varsity hockey for the Spuds.

Immediately, February 4, 2021 was circled on the Krier calendar: the first matchup of brother vs. brother.

"Coming in to play my brother's team, there was a lot of buildup with the guys, talking about how my brother coaches them," Colby said.

Colby made sure the night was special for more than one reason. He scored the overtime winner, his first career goal in high school.

"I saw him out on the ice and I said, 'This might happen,'" Carter remembered. "I saw it go in and I turned and looked at the rest of our staff and I go, 'He just scored that.'"

"I was looking for him on the bench," Carter said.

Fast forward to 2022, the unique feeling of squaring off against each other still resonates for Carter and Colby. They don't even know who their family sides with.

"Our parents at home joke about what they're going to be wearing and who they're cheering for," Carter said.


Colby took his second straight win over his brother on Tuesday, the Spuds taking an 8-2 victory over the Green Wave.

Whatever results happen in future meetings, the Krier brothers are savoring the games they can be brothers bonded in battle.

"It's awesome and we're lucky to be here," Carter said.

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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