Former NAHL, NAPHL goalie Delia signs NHL with Blackhawks
July 28, 2017
Former NAHL and NAPHL goaltender Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) of the NCAA Division I Merrimack College men's ice hockey team has signed an entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL), as announced by the franchise on Friday.
Delia, a free agent, will forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility to begin his professional career with the Blackhawks. He signed a two-year contract with the organization beginning in the 2017-18 season that runs through 2018-19 and he will report to the Blackhawks' training camp in mid-September. Chicago has won three Stanley Cups since the 2010, the most in the NHL, with the most recent coming in 2015.
Delia played in the NAHL for two seasons for the Amarillo Bulls from 2012-14. He helped the Bulls capture the Robertson Cup title during the 2012-13 season and during the 2013-14 season he was honored as the NAHL’s Community Service Award winner. Delia played in 50 career NAHL regular season games during his tenure and posted a record of 33-9-2 with 10 shutouts.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Delia played two seasons in the NAPHL. During the 2011-12 season he played for the Orange County Hockey Club 18U team and during the 2010-11 season, he played for the California Titans 18U team.
"We're very happy for Collin and wish him nothing but the best as he pursues his dream of playing in the NHL," said head coach Mark Dennehy. "He embodied everything that a true Merrimack Warrior should be and we look forward to watching his career unfold."
The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native wraps up his NCAA career with a 21-24-10 record in net to go along with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. He ranks fifth in the Division I era in career wins and career GAA, while his 2.15 GAA and .927 save percentage figures that were both set last season are the second-best in single-season history since the program joined Division I.
Delia was named a Hockey East Third Team All-Star and was a New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star last spring after putting together one of the program's best goaltending campaigns. After missing a stretch of 11 straight games due to injury early in the season, Delia returned in mid-November and proceeded to put up the best goaltending figures of his career, finishing 9-8-3 in 21 starts/appearances to go alongside a 2.15 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He finished the season ranked 14th nationally in goals-against average and ninth in save percentage.
In 14 league games, Delia posted the top save percentage (.928) and third-best goals-against average (2.21) while owning the third-best win percentage (7-3-3, .654) amongst all conference goaltenders over the course of the league's 22-game regular season schedule. He did so despite missing nearly a half of the league season and was still able to surpass the minimum 40-percent of minutes played threshold to qualify for the league leader boards, demonstrating just how solid of a year he had between the posts.