Eric Hartzell nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Bryan Lipiner

Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey goaltender Eric Hartzell has been nominated as one of the 77 players on the ballot for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award. The yearly title is given to the best player in collegiate hockey, and fans can vote as many times as they’d like on through March 10. The fan vote will account for one percent of the full voting.

Through Jan. 7, Hartzell has recorded a goals-against-average of 1.48, first in the ECAC and third in the NCAA. Meanwhile, Hartzell has also notched a save percentage of .934, placing second in the ECAC and in a tie for 11th in the NCAA. He also has 16 wins this season, most in the country.

“We’re very proud of Eric and his nomination for the Hobey Baker Award,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “He’s worked very hard this season and his record shows it.”

Previously, former Quinnipiac forwards Brendan Wong and Eric Lampe were nominated for the award in 2009-2010. Then seniors, the two combined for 78 points in their final season with the Bobcats. Current Quinnipiac assistant coach Reid Cashman was a top-10 finalist for the award in 2005.

The award is named after former Princeton men’s ice hockey standout Hobey Baker. Baker is considered by the Hockey Hall of Fame to be one of the initial American stars to play the sport. Baker died in a plane crash serving in World War I following his collegiate career.