2008-09: Dan DeLisle led his Totino-Grace High School squad with 33 goals and 33 assists in 28 games his senior season, good enough to earn a Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist nomination. He not only supplied the bulk of his team’s offense, but also provided leadership as the varsity captain.
2009-10: DeLisle appeared in 24 games as a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, recording 1 assist and 22 PIMs.
2010-11: DeLisle scored 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points as a sophomore at Minnesota-Duluth, skating in 31 games on the season. DeLisle did not see any ice time in the NCAA tournament for the eventual National Championship winning Bulldogs.
2011-12: DeLisle struggled to find a spot in the lineup for Minnesota-Duluth as a junior – appearing in 19 of 41 games for the Bulldogs. Minnesota-Duluth finished second in the WCHA and advanced to the WCHA Final Five finals. The Bulldogs received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and lost to eventual national champion Boston College in the Northeast Regional final.
2012-13: Dan DeLisle skated in 28 games for Minnesota-Duluth as a senior. He scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -6 with 40 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs finished ninth in their final season in the WCHA. DeLisle was not tendered a contract by the Blackhawks, becoming an unrestricted free agent.
While he moves fairly well and can use his long reach effectively, DeLisle could be more physical. His hands are not especially lethal, though his understanding of the game helps a lot in the offensive end.
DeLisle finished his college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2012-13. He never even established himself as a regular for the Bulldogs, and despite being a third round draft pick, DeLisle was not offered a contract by the Blackhawks.