Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell Announced As Walter Brown Award SemifinalistBOSTON, Mass. - Quinnipiac sophomore Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been announced as one of 15 semifinalists for the prestigious Walter Brown Award, given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The award, now in its 59th year, honors the top American-born NCAA Division I men's ice hockey player in New England.
Hartzell was one of five players from ECAC Hockey announced as semifinalist, and one of four goalies on the list. The sophomore goalie has had a break-out season, posting a 10-5-4 record with a .926 save percentage and a 2.28 goals-against average. Against ECAC Hockey schools, Hartzell is 6-4-3 overall with a .931 save percentage and a 2.05 GAA. Hartzell was named the MLX Skates ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Jan. 4, 2011 after a brilliant weekend sweep of nationally-ranked Nebraska-Omaha that saw him stop 97 of 102 shots in a pair of victories. Hartzell has been ranked in the top five in most statistical categories in ECAC Hockey, while also ranking among the national leaders.
Commemorating the life and works of America's greatest sportsman, the Walter Brown Award is given annually to the outstanding American-born college hockey player in New England. The Walter Brown Award is the oldest nationally recognized honor accorded to individual players in the sport of American college hockey. Brown coached the United States to its first world hockey championship in 1933. Criteria for the selection committee include leadership, character, sportsmanship, and ability as well as on-ice achievement. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston has been the steward of the Walter Brown Award since 1977.
Quinnipiac is back in action this weekend when it hosts nationally-ranked No. 3 Yale on Friday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. and Brown on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats host Yale on Friday with the Heroes Hat on the line, in a game that can be seen on Comcast SportsNet New England as well as CPTV. Saturday night's tilt will feature pre-game Senior Night festivities.