Aaron Dell

Hometown:

Airdrie Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-05-04

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Signed as free agent, 2015

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2006-07: Aaron Dell played for the Airdrie Thunder in suburban Calgary in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League. The Thunder finished first in the Central Division in the regular season and was 2-2 in the round robin playoffs. 

2007-08: Dell was one of three goalies to play for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Canucks. In 23 games he was 5-11-2 with a 3.13 goals against and .891 save percentage. The Canucks finished seventh in the South Division, missing the playoffs. 

2008-09: Dell played in 51 of 62 games for the Calgary Canucks in his second AJHL season. He was 25-17-8 with three shutouts and had a 2.53 goals against and .923 save percentage. The Canucks finished fourth in the South Division and in four playoff games Dell was 1-3 with a 3.08 goals against and .913 save percentage. He committed to playing college hockey at the University of North Dakota in 2009-10 in February 2009. 

2009-10: Dell appeared in five games for the University of North Dakota in his freshman season. Backing up then-Sabres prospect Bradley Eidness, a sophomore, Dell was 1-3-1 with one shutout and had a 1.81 goals against and .897 save percentage. The Fighting Sioux finished fourth in the WCHA and earned an NCAA tournament berth with a 5-3 win over St. Cloud State in the WCHA Championship game. North Dakota lost to Yale, 3-2, in a Northeast Regional semifinal game. 

2010-11: Dell seized the starting job from Eidness in his sophomore season; appearing in 40 of 44 games for North Dakota. Named to the NCAA West second All-America team, he was 30-7-2 with six shutouts and had a 1.79 goals against and .924 save percentage. The Fighting Sioux won the WCHA regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the Frozen Four semifinals before falling to eventual runner-up Michigan, 2-0. Dell stopped 40 of 42 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over Denver in the WCHA championship game, stopped all 21 shots in a 6-0 shutout win over RPI and stopped 26 of 27 shots as North Dakota defeated Denver, 6-1, to win the Midwest Regional title. He stopped 17 of 18 shots in the Frozen Four loss to Michigan. 

2011-12: Dell had an up-and-down junior season at North Dakota. After struggling early in the year he briefly split time with Eidness before re-emerging as the starter for the Fighting Sioux. Dell won six straight starts late in the year, including a 4-0 shutout of Denver in the WCHA championship game,  before a season-ending  5-2 to Minnesota in the NCAA West Regional final. He finished the year 18-10-2 with two shutouts in 33 games and had a 2.67 goals against and .900 save percentage. Dell signed a pro contract with the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles in August 2012, foregoing his final season of college hockey.  

2012-13: Dell was the Central Hockey League’s top goalie for the Allen Americans after being waived by the Colorado Eagles and signing with Allen prior to the start of the season. In 44 regular season games he was 22-11-6 with three shutouts and had a 2.30 goals against and .916 save percentage. The Americans finished first in the regular season and survived two seven-game playoff series in the semifinals and finals to win the CHL championship. Dell was 12-7 with one shutout and had a 2.46 goals against and .915 save percentage in 19 playoff games.   

2013-14: Dell signed an AHL contract with Flames’ affiliate Abbotsford — appearing in six games with the Heat — and split the goaltending duties for the ECHL’s  Utah Grizzlies with Igor Bobkov in his second pro season. He was 1-2 and had a 2.29 goals against and .922 save percentage with Abbotsford. Dell was 19-7-3 with two shutouts and had a 2.14 goals against and .920 save percentage in 29 regular season games for Utah. The Grizzlies finished third in the Mountain Division and lost to Bakersfield in a first-round playoff series. Dell was 1-1 in three playoff games and had a 1.92 goals aginast and .932 save percentage. 

2014-15: Dell attended NHL training camp with the San Jose Sharks and was signed to an AHL contract by Sharks’ affiliate Worcester. Impressive when called upon to relieve Worcester starter Troy Grosenick, In 26 regular season games for Worcester he was 15-8 with 4 shutouts and had a 2.06 goals against and .927 save percentage. The Sharks finished third in the Atlantic Division, falling to Hershey in a first-round playoff series. Dell played three playoff games and was -3 with a 4.83 goals against and .857 save percentage. He played in 12 games for the ECHL’s Allen Americans in mid-season, finishing 8-1-2 with 1 shutout and posting a 2.84 goals against and .902 save percentage. Dell signed a one-year entry-level contract with San Jose in March 2015 and was re-signed to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July. 

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Dell will be in his second training camp with the Sharks after signing his first NHL entry-level contract at the age of 25. Heading into his third season of pro hockey, the former North Dakota Fighting Sioux goalie has steadily worked his way up from the ECHL and will look to see more minutes with new Sharks' AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. As an older "prospect" his ceiling may not be high and an Andrew "Hamburglar" Hammond-like story is not likely. He does have some NHL potential.

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