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.