Despite a record-setting NCAA career at North Dakota, Dell was passed over in the NHL Draft. So like many players in his position, he had to work his way up the hockey ladder to the NHL.
Born in Airdrie, Alberta, Dell played three seasons at North Dakota and left following his junior season in 2011-12 with a 49-20-5 record, 2.15 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. As a sophomore, he led the nation in wins (30) and save percentage (1.79). He was named MVP of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament in 2011-12.