As part of our Saturday Saves column, we’re highlighting current San Jose Sharks’ goalie, Aaron Dell. Dell is considered one of the top goalies in the NHL, and is known for his great defensive skills. As the man with the magic glove, Dell is a backup goalie for the Sharks – and did not even start his fourth game of the season until the middle of December 2017.
Dell picked up his second career shutout recently in a 5-0 win against Vancouver. In fact, he had a career-high 41 saves, which made him the talk of the league. He had his first shutout game last season – and has accomplished both feats in less than 13 games. Since debuting late last year, Dell’s save percentage (currently at .931) is the highest among NHL goalies who have started at least 20 games since last year.
Aaron Dell is known for his consistency and reliability in the net. With swift hands and impeccable glove and defensive techniques, he has truly taken the Sharks to new heights in the Pacific Division. In fact, he is considered the best backup goalie the Sharks have had in the last 10 years. The last great backup for the Sharks was Miikka Kiprusoff in 2004. Dell has – and will continue to – make a big difference on the ice when it comes to goaltending and defense.
Here are some highlights of Dell’s amazing goal saves against the Canucks.
Aaron Dell was born on May 4, 1989, in Airdrie, Alberta. He played ice hockey for the University of North Dakota, as well as the Allen Americans and Utah Grizzlies. Dell also played for the Worcester Sharks before signing a one-year entry-level deal with the San Jose Sharks in March 2015.
Dell made his NHL debut on October 18, 2016, with a victory over the New York Islanders. As the Shark’s backup goaltender to Martin Jones, Dell has outperformed many of the league’s starters and seasoned goalies. Look for Dell to continue his impressive winning ways as we head to the new year and season. There is a strong rumor that Dell may even be starting goalie next season, possibly for another team – we will keep you all informed!
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