CHICAGO – Collin Delia is 24, shares the 12th best save percentage in the NHL and is the only Blackhawks goalie locked up long term.
“It’s a huge vote of confidence in myself and my ability. I couldn’t be happier.”
Delia agreed to a three-year contract extension Monday, carrying a $1 million cap hit through the 2021-22 season.
“For me, it’s all new territory. I had no idea how it worked. I was asking a bunch of guys, ‘Hey, do you know what to expect?’ It was completely out of the blue. It was really cool to go through the process for my first time and have it be that amicable between myself and the team. Just to have that reciprocation of trust and belief in each other, it’s really nice.”
Corey Crawford, who participated in his second straight practice, has one year left on his deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Crawford shared a high five with his heir apparent after hearing the news while speaking to the media for the first time since his concussion in mid-December.
“Good for him. He definitely deserves it. He’s been playing really well,” Crawford noted. “That’s awesome. It’s always a good day when you do something like that. I’m happy for him.”
“To be a fellow counterpart between him and Wardo, two Stanley Cup goalies, it’s pretty amazing,” Delia gushed.
The California native posted a 6-2-3 record with a 2.98 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 12 appearances so far this season.
Originally signed by the Blackhawks as an undrafted free agent in July of 2017, Delia ascended quickly from 10 games in the ECHL last season all the way to the top of the organization.
“That’s the conversation that I had with my agent, ‘Look where you were less than half a year, year and a half ago.’ To have an offer to have a three-year contract is amazing.
“Happy to spend three more years in Chicago.”