CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – One day after being named the league's Stop It Goaltending Champion, junior Collin Delia (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) of the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team took home another major accolade after being named a Hockey East Third Team All-Star, as unveiled by the conference at its annual banquet.
Becoming the first Warrior to earn all-league honors since Rasmus Tirronen '15 was named an all-league honorable mention selection at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, Delia found a spot on the all-league third team, which was a new addition to the league's additional first and second team all-stars, as well as its all-league honorable mentions and all-rookie team selections. The last two Warriors to earn first and second team honors were Mike Collins '14 and Jordan Heywood '14, respectively, in the 2012-13 season.
On Friday, Delia was also named an All-Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association Second Team selection, as well.
The recognition is yet another following a stellar junior season for the California native, one that also included his earning Stop It Goaltending Hockey East Goaltender of the Year honors yesterday – the first such award for a Merrimack student-athlete since its inception in 2013-14 – as well as twice being named a Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week, once being named the Stop It Goaltender of the Month. Delia was also named 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. His 33-save shutout at Wisconsin in his second game of the year (Nov. 19) would serve as a preview of what was to come, as Delia would go 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.
Delia's season was defined by his incredible two-month run from Jan. 1 onward. After the calendar turned to 2017, the netminder took his game to another level; he posted the sixth-best save percentage (.935) and ninth-best goals-against average (1.98) from that date onward, as he started 16 of the team's final 18 games in net. On the national level for the entire season, Delia currently ranks 11th in save percentage and 14th in GAA while also sitting tied for 13th in the country in total shutouts (3).