Penguins Sign Quinnipiac University Goaltender Hartzell

By: Casey Shea
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The last few days have been a roller coaster of emotions for Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell.

Hartzell helped his team reach the Frozen Four for the first time in school history. With a 4-1 win over St. Cloud State in the semifinals at CONSOL Energy Center, he helped the team advance to the national championship game on Saturday.

However, an upstart Yale team knocked off Hartzell and the overall No. 1 seed Bobcats by a score of 4-0 to claim their first national title.

But, the trip to Pittsburgh wasn’t all bad for Hartzell. After the defeat, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed him to a contract.

According to the Penguins’ official website, the deal runs through the end of the 2012-13 season and is valued at $925,000.

The 23-year-old goaltender posted a 30-7-5 record with a 1.57 GAA and .933 save percentage this season.

In addition to being named as an NCAA First Team All-American, Hartzell was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

During his four-year career at Quinnipiac, Hartzell was 58-27-17 with a 1.96 GAA and .924 save percentage.

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