The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Saturday they have re-signed goaltender Eric Hartzell to a two-year contract. The two-way deal runs through the 2014-15 season and is worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Hartzell, 23, signed with the Penguins in April after completing four seasons with Quinnipiac University. He dressed as the backup goaltender to Tomas Vokoun on April 22 in a road game against the Ottawa Senators and served as a third goaltender for practices during the Penguins' run to the Eastern Conference Final.
The 6-foot-4, 187-pound goaltender was named USA Hockey College Player of the Year in 2013 after leading Quinnipiac to the school’s first Frozen Four appearance, an event that was held at Consol Energy Center. The Bobcats advanced to the championship game, where they lost to Yale.
The native of White Bear, Minn., was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s top player last season after posting a 30-7-5 record, 1.57 goals-against average, an NCAA-best five shutouts and a .933 save percentage in 42 starts. He was named an NCAA First-Team All-American.
In four seasons at Quinnipiac, Hartzell had a career record of 58-27-17 with a school-record 1.96 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 10 shutouts.