Quinnipiac stand-out Eric Hartzell, now with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, was named USA Hockey's College Player of the Year. Hartzell will be honored at the 2013 Night of Tribute Awards Dinner on June 5, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Hartzell became the first Quinnipiac player to suit for an NHL game after earning multiple accolades as he led the Bobcats to the NCAA Frozen Four and the National Championship Game. Hartzell was named to the 2012-13 American Hockey Coaches Association CCM Division I All-America East First Team and was also the 2012-13 USCHO Player of the Year. The senior goalie also received ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year honors. Additionally, he was named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team and NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team.
The Hobey Baker "Hat Trick" finalist allowed two or fewer goals in 35 of his 42 starts and led the Bobcats to the top overall team defense in the nation. He posted a 1.57 goals-against average, a .933 save percentage, both program single-season records, and led the nation with 2,522 minutes played. His five shutouts, also a program record, tied for third overall.
Hartzell had an incredible stretch as he led the Bobcats to a 18-0-3 record during a 21-game unbeaten streak that ran from Nov. 9 to Feb. 9. Hartzell leaves the Bobcats with an all-time record of 58-27-17, along with a 1.96 goals-against average and .924 save percentage, which also stand as program career records.