JV Spotlight: Nicolas Delia, Notre Dame College Prep

By Ross Forman

Despite being a freshman, Nicolas Delia is focused on a playoff run this season for Notre Dame College Prep.

“My goal is to help my team make a long run in the state playoffs,” said Delia, 15, a Chicago resident who last season played for the Niles Rangers and also has played youth hockey in the past for the Skokie Flyers.

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“This season is off to a strong start and I feel that I have grown as a team leader, but have also learned many things about the game from my older teammates.

“I am mostly a butterfly-(style) goalie with a strong glove and good post movement. My teammates would agree I am aggressive in my play, but try to be calm in high-pressure situations.”

Delia, who sports jersey No. 1, catches left-handed and once had a 40-save shutout in a bantam-minor playoff game.

Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Henrik Lundqvist
Favorite Sport (other than hockey): Basketball
Favorite Pro Athlete: Michael Jordon
Favorite app: Snapchat
Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons
Favorite Pregame Meal: Pasta
Teammate Who Someday Could Be A Coach: Anthony Esposito – “He is a good leader, player, and is the smartest person on the team.”
Hardest Slapshot on Notre Dame JV: Sophomore Scotty Sletchter
Most Accurate Shot on Notre Dame JV: Sophomore Anthony Esposito
Fastest Skater on Notre Dame JV: Sophomore Jack Taylor
If You Could Listen To Only One Pregame Motivational Song: Drip too Hard (Lil Baby)
Favorite Sports Movie: The Longest Yard
The 2019 Stanley Cup Champion Will Be: Toronto Maple Leafs
Best High School Jerseys (other than Notre Dame): Carmel Catholic
Worst High School Jerseys: Toledo Chiefs – “We played them in a tournament in Holland, Michigan.”

Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for more than 15 years and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross by email at Rossco814@aol.com.

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