Collin Delia welcomes the pressure.
The Chicago Blackhawks goalie has a laid-back approach to life and his job, even though the latter comes with plenty of demands.
"People see it as stressful, but I have a hard time seeing things as stressful when they're self-imposed," Delia said. "It's the profession you pick and everything that goes with it and you have to accept it: talking to fans, talking to media, pressure in big games, when you make mistakes, when you win. But if you embrace that role, you can really do something with it."
Delia has done a lot with his opportunity with the Blackhawks, who recalled him Dec. 17, one day after goalie Corey Crawford sustained a concussion in a 6-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks. He's 3-1-3 with a 2.70 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, and might start again when Chicago (16-22-9) plays the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Monday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, NBCSCH, NHL.TV).
Delia, who signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks on July 28, 2017 after spending three years at Merrimack College, splits the goaltending duties in Chicago with veteran Cam Ward and has faced an average of 39.7 shots in seven games.