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Delia Named Division I All Star By New England Hockey Writers

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Merrimack junior goaltender Collin Delia was named to the 2017 New England Division I All-Star Team by the New England Hockey Writers Association.

Becoming the first Warrior to earn all-region honors since Mike Collins and Jordan Heywood did so in the 2012-13 season, Delia added yet another postseason accolade after also being named a Hockey East Third Team All-Star and the league’s Stop It Goaltending Champion. Delia was also named an All-Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association Second Team selection.

Finally, Delia also earned a pair of Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and one Stop It Goaltender of the Month honors over the course of the season, as well as being a finalist for the prestigious Hockey Humanitarian Award.

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. The Rancho Cucamonga, California, native went on to post a 9-8-3 record in 21 starts/appearances to go alongside a 2.15 goals-against average and a .927 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.

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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