For the second time in three seasons since joining the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization, goaltender Collin Delia has been named the Rockford IceHogs IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. It was announced on Monday afternoon that Delia would receive the honor for the second time in his professional career, the first coming in his rookie season in 2017–18. Being named the IceHogs Man of the Year now qualifies Delia for the American Hockey League’s Yanick Dupre Memorial Award honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year.
From the Rockford IceHogs:
Over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, the Rancho Cucamonga, California, native helped raise over $3,700 for The Autism Program of Easterseals and the Fatherhood Encouragement Project while also donating his time and influence to see these community initiatives succeed in their mission.With a passion for LEGO since he was a child and close connection with the Autism Program of Easterseals in Rockford, Delia took personal interest in this season’s Autism Awareness Night and LEGO Night on Jan. 25, donating over $550 worth of LEGO playsets to the program and enjoyed an afternoon building with the children in the program. He also completed a two-hour build of a two-foot tall, 1,767-piece LEGO Empire State Building set and contributed the sculpture and an autograph stick to the night’s auction, generating $600 for the Easterseals program.During the Holiday season, Delia and his teammates joined the Fatherhood Encouragement Project for a Holiday shopping spree for underprivileged children and families in the Stateline community. Alongside the IceHogs Charitable Foundation, Delia and the team combined to donate over $2,600 to the program.
Delia made the most appearances in net for the IceHogs this season with 32. He amassed a record of 16–13–1, with a 2.66 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Delia notched career-best marks in minutes played (1,824), save percentage (.912) and shutouts (three) in the 2019–20 season.