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Delia will join Blackhawks for opening night

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: Collin Delia #60 of the Chicago Blackhawks waits for play to begin in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center on March 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)

In a crazy twist, former Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia will be with the Chicago Blackhawks on opening night tonight, when the Blackhawks visit the Ottawa Senators.

This morning, Chicago goalie Anton Forsberg was injured in the morning skate. Cam Ward will start tonight and Delia will dress as his backup. Corey Crawford remains sidelined with a concussion.

“(Delia) certainly proved last year that he took the big chunk of the net there at the end,” said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. “He got Rockford in a real good spot in the playoffs and had a good playoff run as well. Obviously he had an outstanding game here last time we were in Ottawa [during preseason], so he’s proven that he’s really developed over the short amount of time here to prove that he can play and wants to play, and has all the ingredients you want in a goaltender, so we’re comfortable with him coming up.”

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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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