Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's Eric Hartzell Announced As 2013 Hobey Hat Trick Finalist

Quinnipiac men's ice hockey senior Eric Hartzell has been announced as one of the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. 

Hartzell, Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau and St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc were the other three finalists. Hartzell was also recently announced as a All-New England All-Star and a 2013 All-CHN First Team honoree in addition to being named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year while also being named to the league's First Team. 

Hartzell was a three-time ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month as well as a two-time ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week. He was also featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces In The Crowd".

The senior goalie is currently 29-6-5 with a 1.55 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage. His GAA currently ranks third among all NCAA Division I goalies, but first among all goalies with over 2,000 minutes played (2,402:38), while his save percentage ranks eighth. This season, Hartzell has held opposing teams to fewer than three goals in a game in 35 of his 40 starts. He also ranks second in winning percentage (.788) and shutouts (5), which also rank as the most in a single-season in Quinnipiac history.

In addition to his success on the ice, Hartzell is an active volunteer visiting elementary schools, assisting at hockey clinics and an active participant in the team's St. Baldrick's annual fundraiser.

Hartzell has also been a major factor in Quinnipiac's first trip to the NCAA Frozen Four - set for Apr. 11-13 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Bobcats hit the ice on Thursday, Apr. 11 at 8 p.m. to face St. Cloud State in the night's second semifinal game, available live on ESPNU. The NCAA National Championship Game is set for Saturday, Apr. 13 at 8 p.m. on ESPN. 

The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year's Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
 
This year's Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 12, 2013 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 33rd annual announcement will be aired live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m., ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com