Former Merrimack goaltender Collin Delia took part in a Q&A with NHL.com earlier this week. The topics included Delia’s thoughts on his NHL debut, as well as some reflections on his time at Merrimack.
Here are some highlights:
What were your biggest takeaways from your time in the NHL?
The professionalism goes without saying. Those guys are there for a reason and they have and continue to set themselves apart from their counterparts to remain in this position. They also have a tireless work ethic that definitely made an impression on me. Whether it was Patrick Kane or Alex DeBrincat, they are on the ice for as long as possible, working on small details of their game. Being around Anton Forsbergand Corey Crawford also showed me the composure that is necessary. Even when they get beat, they have the mentality that they will do everything in their power to make sure they don’t get beat again. Getting to learn in that environment and learning more of what to expect, instead of overcompensating, was important as well because it let me know that even when I am working in Rockford I am building habits that will translate.
What has inspired your charity work that has led to you becoming Rockford’s Man of the Year for the 2017-18 season?
Giving back is innate to me with how I grew up. My parents raised me in a way that I was never forced to do anything, it was just what we did, we gave back. When I went to juniors in Amarillo, Texas, and played for Dennis Williams those morals were reinforced. He taught me that we aren’t just hockey players and that we have a role in the community and we are a part of it. It made us human and added value beyond the entertainment we provided. While I was there I got involved with Habitat for Humanity, through collecting money and volunteering with my teammates, and then at the end of the year we would bring a check to the organization and built a house. Then when I was at Merrimack College I had the same situation with my head coach. The school had serving and giving back as a foundational principle and wanted us to be part of the community. When I got to Rockford I realized I was in a similar position, as the organization is involved in numerous organizations such as: Anti-Bullying, Autism Awareness, etc. With that, the staff and the front office really go out of their way and do a lot of heavy lifting to help those in our community. At the end of the day, we are privileged to have that opportunity to help those in need and give those resources to others. I want to continue to serve and help in many ways and am thankful for the chance to do so.
To view the entire Q&A, click here.