ROCKFORD - For the last three weeks we've heard it over and over again from the IceHogs' players that goaltender Collin Delia is 'their rock.' He has been sensational in the playoffs going 6-0 with a .953 save percentage.
No one works more closely with Delia than Blackhawks' developmental goaltending coach Peter Aubry does, so I sat down with Auburn this week to gain some insights into what's behind Delia's Rapid rise. Following is a portion of that interview.
(Scott) How much progress have you seen from Delia over the course of this season and what's impressed you about him?
(Peter Aubry, Developmental Goaltending Coach) "He's taken huge strides this year. I think it's just the whole overall package. He's a great human being. He's done what he needed to do on the ice, off the ice and his daily approach. You can certainly tell that he's very at ease with himself with what he's doing. There are some challenges that he's had throughout the year. There are some highs that he's had throughout the year, but really he comes at ease to the rink the next day ready to put in the work ready to start all over regardless of what happened the previous day."
(Scott) Delia has such a laid back personality. Maybe that's because he grew up in southern California. Do you think that's a big reason for his success because he is low-key?
(Aubry) "I definitely think the kind of human being that he is is a major contributor to his success. He does have that California Cool laid back (personality). At the same time he cares and he's competitive and he can get ticked off and he can show it in different ways, but he has a good balance and I think he's even refining that."
(Scott) Can you break him down mechanically how he functions out there. What he does out there? Is there anything he does differently than most goaltenders or is he your typical mechanical goaltender?
(Aubry) "I would say if we talk about something that he does differently I would just say that his skating is elite. It is high-end. Not to take away from players who are already in the National Hockey League, but I think it's fair to say that Collin's skating ability is at the National Hockey League level. I don't think there's much doubt in that. So that's a very good skill that he has. He has great balance. He's able to move equally well in both directions or he's maybe able to end up in an awkward situation by getting bumped or whatnot and he's able to regain that equilibrium. His reading of the play is improving and I think the overall play in front of him now is just slowing down for his processing."
Note: Delia's six consecutive playoff wins ties him with Frederic Cloutier's (2007 UHL) IceHogs' franchise record. Delia and the IceHogs will host the Manitoba Moose Friday night at Rockford's BMO Harris Bank Center as they attempt a series sweep. One more win will advance the IceHogs to the Western Conference Finals of the Calder Cup playoffs.
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