HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior goalie Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been announced as a nominee for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Quinnipiac fans can support their favorite Bobcats' goalie by visiting hobeybakeraward.com and voting today.
Hartzell is currently off to a solid campaign as one of the top goalies in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey. Named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month for November and December, as well as the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Dec. 4, Hartzell is currently 16-2-2 with a .934 save percentage and a 1.48 goals against average. His .850 winning percentage ranks first among all goalies in the nation, while his 1.48 GAA ranks third overall, and first among goalies with over 1,000 minutes in net. His four shutouts this season are the second most in Division I hockey while his 10 career shutouts rank first in Quinnipiac history.
Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase opens at noon CT on Monday, January 7. Visit the Hobey Baker website: www.hobeybakeraward.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of 77 college hockey players.
This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 10, 2013. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 22 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.
Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. An American super-hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.