Despite a record-setting NCAA career at North Dakota, Dell was passed over in the NHL Draft. That didn't keep him from working his way up the hockey ladder to the NHL.
The native of Airdrie, Alberta, played three seasons at North Dakota. He left after the 2011-12 season 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.