Collin Delia (born June 20, 1994) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Collin Delia
Born (1994-06-20) June 20, 1994 (age 25)
Rancho Cucamonga, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Goalie
Catches Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Chicago Blackhawks
Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present

Playing careerEdit

Delia grew up playing youth hockey in Southern California before moving to the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).[1] In 2013, Delia committed to play Division 1 collegiate hockey with Merrimack College of the Hockey East.[2]

In his freshman season with the Merrimack Warriors, Delia served as a backup goaltender and was limited to nine games.[3] In his sophomore season, Delia played in 15 games before suffering an injury. He completed the season with 26 games, a new career-high 600 saves, and a .889 save percentage.[3]

In his junior season, Delia started 21 games for the Merrimack Warriors, finishing the season with a new season high in wins and a 9-8-3 record. Afterwards, he was named to the Hockey East Third Team All-Star.[3] Upon completing his junior season with the Warriors in the 2016–17 season, Delia left Merrimack in signing a two-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on July 28, 2017.[4]

During the 2017–18 season, Delia initially played with the Blackhawks' AHL and ECHL affiliates in the Rockford IceHogs and Indy Fuel. He was later recalled by the Blackhawks following an injury to starter Corey Crawford, serving as backup to Anton Forsberg. After Forsberg was injured in pregame warmups, Delia made his NHL debut on March 29, 2018 against the Winnipeg Jets. Delia himself was injured early in the third period, forcing Scott Foster, whom the Blackhawks had signed to an emergency one-day contract (NHL rules require every team to have a backup goaltender dressed), to play the last 14 minutes of the game, which the Blackhawks eventually won 6–2[5]

Delia began the 2018–19 season with the IceHogs after attending the Blackhawks training camp. He was recalled in December after starter Corey Crawford suffered an injury.[6] On February 11, 2019, the Blackhawks signed Delia to a three-year, $3 million contract extension.[7] He was reassigned to the AHL on February 25[8] but was recalled again on March 5, on an emergency basis.[9] After he helped the Blackhawks hold on for a 5–4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 13,[10] Delia was reassigned to the IceHogs.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2012–13 Amarillo Bulls NAHL 19 11 2 2 981 37 3 2.26 .899 1 0.00 1.000
2013–14 Amarillo Bulls NAHL 31 22 7 0 1723 46 7 1.60 .937 6 2.38 .931
2014–15 Merrimack College HE 9 4 4 1 517 16 1 1.86 .937
2015–16 Merrimack College HE 26 8 12 6 1521 75 0 2.96 .889
2016–17 Merrimack College HE 21 9 8 3 1202 43 3 2.15 .927
2017–18 Indy Fuel ECHL 10 1 7 2 539 37 0 4.12 .887
2017–18 Rockford IceHogs AHL 28 17 7 4 1675 76 1 2.72 .900 10 7 3 667 26 0 2.34 .924
2017–18 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 1 1 0 106 7 0 3.96 .889
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 26 13 8 4 1547 64 0 2.48 .922
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 6 4 3 832 50 0 3.61 .908
NHL totals 18 7 5 3 938 57 0 3.65 .906

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
NAHL
Robertson Cup (Amarillo Bulls) 2013
Community Service Award 2014
College
Hockey East Third Team All-Star 2017
HE Goaltender of the Month (January) 2017 [4]
New England D1 All-Stars 2017
AHL
Rockford IceHogs Man of The Year 2018 [12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.pe.com/2018/01/10/alexander-goalie-from-the-ie-traveled-plenty-of-miles-before-getting-to-ahl/
  2. ^ "COLLIN DELIA COMMITS TO MERRIMACK COLLEGE". amarillobulls.com. November 10, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "COLLIN DELIA". merrimackathletics.com. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Blackhawks agree to terms with Delia". National Hockey League. July 28, 2017. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  5. ^ Lazerus, Mark (March 29, 2018). "From the ECHL to the NHL, it's been quite a season for Blackhawks' Collin Delia". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Myers, Tracey (January 13, 2019). "Delia making most of opportunity with Blackhawks". NHL.com. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Blackhawks sign netminder Collin Delia to three-year extension". sportsnet.ca. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "RELEASE: Crawford activated off IR". NHL.com. February 25, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  9. ^ @NHLBlackhawks (March 5, 2019). "ROSTER NEWS: Goaltender Collin Delia has been recalled on an emergency basis from Rockford. #Blackhawks" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Siegel, Austin (March 13, 2019). "RECAP: Blackhawks 5, Maple Leafs 4". NHL.com. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "RELEASE: Blackhawks re-assign Delia". NHL.com. March 14, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Collin Delia named IceHogs' 2017–18 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year". www.icehogs.com. Retrieved 2018-12-21.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kevin Boyle
Hockey East Goaltending Champion
2016–17
Succeeded by
Cayden Primeau