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The script for the Deerfield hockey team couldn’t have been written any better. All the players and plot point were penned with the utmost care. Hollywood would be proud.
Playing the role of the bruiser is junior left wing Michael Wiggemansen, a stratospheric scoring machine who looks about 10-feet tall in skates and pads and shoots a puck like a construction worker hammering in a railroad nail.
“I’m just the guy who stands high and waits for the puck,” Wiggemansen said. “My teammates do a great job of getting me the puck and when I get a chance I do my best to bury it.”
Slotted as the speed demon is senior right wing Spencer Delman, the Warriors shortest and fastest player who flits around the ice as an uncatchable red and black blur.
“My job on the ice is speed,” Delman said. “I can be scrappy, but when I get that puck I’m trying to take it out wide and fly.”
Of course, no Hollywood hockey team would be complete without a charismatic captain, and senior center Henri Beaudoin is leading man material. Soft spoken, unselfish and incredibly versatile, he was the catalyst to the Warriors 25-1-4 regular season and their ongoing playoff march.
“You know, Delman’s speed and Wiggy’s all finesse,” Beaudoin said with a grin. “I just try to get in the corner and grind and it out. I’m more of a scrapper, but sometimes I have a few dangles in me.”
The three Deerfield stars are such flawless examples of hockey movie characters it’s like they stepped straight off of Sunset Boulevard and onto the ice.
And while their personas say summer blockbuster, their achievements this season are more Hall of Fame.
All three players were named to the AHAI All-State Team, which was the most in team history. Wiggemansen (52 goals, 48 assists), Beaudoin (35 goals, 50 assists) and Delman (30 goals, 46 assists) were also second, third and fourth in total points in the IHSHL.
“The nice thing about the three of us is that we can joke around or get down each other, but when it comes down to game time we have each other’s back,” Delman said. “We’re always ready to play, and if one of us is slacking the other two can always compensate.”
The trio has performed their parts absolutely pitch-perfect and the script is ready to be finalized. All that’s left for them is to write a fitting conclusion.
“We want to make it to the United Center,” Wiggemansen said. “That’s been the end-goal all year and we want to prove to people Deerfield is for real.”