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Doubly committed: Former Northern Michigan University hockey captain Phil Beaulieu signs with pair of minor-league teams

Northern Michigan University hockey player Philip Beaulieu, front center, leaps to the inside of an attempted check by Bemidji State’s Tyler Vold in the third period of their WCHA game on Feb. 1 at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — Former Northern Michigan University hockey defenseman Phil Beaulieu has agreed to a two-way deal with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League and the Allen Americans of the East Coast Hockey League, as announced by the clubs on Wednesday.

Beaulieu, who was captain of the 2019-20 Wildcats team, recorded 121 career points in 158 career games at NMU, which included 26 goals. After tabulating 25 points his senior season, his career points total ranks fourth among defensemen all-time for the Green and Gold, according to an NMU sports news release.

The 2018-19 WCHA Defenseman of the Year and three-time All-WCHA honoree concluded his career as the league’s post-realignment leader in assists with 95 while finishing tied for 14th all-time at NMU. The WCHA realignment occurred before the 2013-14 season when the formation of Big Ten hockey caused major shifts in the makeup of college hockey conferences.

“When you think about what you’re looking for in one of your athletes, Phil is who you hope for,” head coach Grant Potulny said in the NMU release. “On the ice, he was an All-American and defensive player of the year, in the classroom he was a great student, and in the community he was incredibly generous with his time.

“Phil has left a lasting impression on NMU and the community of Marquette. He will be remembered as one of the great players in the history of Wildcat hockey.”

Northern Michigan University’s Philip Beaulieu, left, takes on Alaska-Fairbanks’ Roberts Kalkis on Nov. 15 at the Berry Events Center in Marquette. (Journal file photo by Amy Grigas)

The Iowa AHL team is an affiliate to Beaulieu’s home-state Minnesota Wild. The Iowa Wild went 37-18-4 and was second in the AHL’s Western Conference at the time the 2019-20 season was suspend

ed. The ECHL-affiliated Allen Americans, based in Allen, Texas, went 40-14-0-6 prior to the cancellation of the remainder of their season and were in first place in the league’s Mountain Division.

The Wildcats open their season at the University of Wisconsin in an unusual Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11 series with start times to be announced.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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