Former Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia could get his first taste of NHL action in his first professional season; Delia was recalled by the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday. Chicago plays at home Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets and then travels to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.
Delia, 23, is unbeaten in his last nine starts for Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs. In 24 AHL appearances this season, Delia has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
Delia signed with the Blackhawks last July, forgoing his final season of eligibility at Merrimack. Delia was at Chicago’s practice on Wednesday.
“Collin has worked hard this year and he’s been quite determined,” said Blackhawks goaltender development coach, Peter Aubry. “We knew he was a high-end individual and he would do the things necessary to get the most out of what he has. He has an even keel. … He’s a talented kid. He has a great skill set, he’s an excellent skater and he’s improved his puck tracking a lot this year. We’re just scratching the surface, there’s a lot more there. I look forward to watching him.”