Former Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia was recalled to the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday after the Hawks placed starter Corey Crawford on injured reserve with a concussion.
Delia has appeared in 17 games for Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, where he has posted a 2.34 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage. Delia’s save percentage leads the AHL among goaltenders who have played in at least 11 games.
Delia, 24, will likely serve as Cam Ward‘s backup. However, Ward has struggled this season (4.17, .883). Crawford will miss at least the next three games — he’s not eligible to come off IR until Dec. 23 — and Delia played for current Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton last season in Rockford; Colliton replaced Joel Quennville, who was fired last month.
In recalling Delia, the Blackhawks bypassed Anton Forsberg, who appeared in 35 NHL games last season for the Blackhawks and he is also on the Rockford roster.