Quinnipiac men's ice hockey goalie Eric Hartzell was honored as USCHO.com's Player of the Year while also earning All-USCHO.com First Team honors.
Hartzell earns the honor after winning a NCAA-best 30 games in 2012-13, while also posting a 1.57 GAA and a .933 save percentage. The popular college hockey website also noted that Hartzell was 8-1 with a 1.42 GAA and .942 save percentage against teams that competed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Hartzell led the Bobcats to their first NCAA Frozen Four and National Championship Game in program history.
Hartzell was also recently named the program's MVP after earning AHCA/CCM Hockey All-American honors and finishing the year as a Hobey Hat Trick Finalist. He was also named to the CollegeHockeyNews.com All-Star team and was also honored as the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goalie of the Year. A three-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month, and two-time Goaltender of the Week, Hartzell was also featured in Sports Illustrated and highlighted by the New York Times, USA Today, ESPN.com and Deadspin.com.
He completed his time at Quinnipiac with a 58-27-17 (.652) record - good for the second most wins in program history. He also posted a .924 save percentage and a 1.96 GAA - both Quinnipiac career records. This season's GAA and save percentage were also Quinnipiac single-season records. Upon the completion of Quinnipiac's season, Hartzell signed a professional contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.