Today I got to talk with former UND goalie, Aaron Dell. This last season, Dell played on the San Jose Barracuda playing in 40 games with a save percentage of .922 in the regular season. Dell came to the University of North Dakota in 2009-2010, after spending two seasons with the Calgary Canucks.
1)Describe the feelings you had when you won the CHL Championship?
That’s a tough one, a feeling that you can’t really describe, you but in all the work and then you get the reward for it, it is an amazing feeling.
2) When did you start to play hockey and how/why did you fall into goaltending?
I started as a forward, I think the originally reason I wanted to be a goalie was because the equipment looked cool, I played a little bit and just really enjoyed it
3) After not getting picked in the NHL draft, what made you decide to keep trying to play professionally?
I found that goalie is a position that takes more maturing, and so I knew that I just had to keep working at it.
5) What advice would you give to a student or athlete that is struggling in making their dreams come true?
The best advice that I got was to just stick with it. There are going to be good times and bad times and you just have to keep grinding it out.
6) Your thoughts on UND winning the national championship?
I think it is awesome, it’s been a long time coming
Did you get to watch any of the games?
No, but I did get to watch the game last year when they lost in the Frozen Four
7) What was your favorite on ice moment during your time at UND?
Winning the Final Five championship in double overtime against Denver
What about off the ice?
Playing golf at the Ray Richards course.