2008-09: Eric Hartzell played 46 games in his second season with the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede. He was 20-22-2 with 1 shutout and had a 3.28 goals against and .900 save percentage. The Stampede finished fourth in the West Conference and lost to Lincoln in the playoffs. Hartzell was 0-2 in two playoff games with a 7.39 goals against and .786 save percentage. In February he committed to playing college hockey at Quinnipiac in 2009-10.
2009-10: Hartzell appeared in six games for Quinnipiac as a freshman. With sophomore Dan Clarke playing in 34 of 40 games, Hartzell was 4-2 with a 2.61 goals against and .894 save percentage. He stopped 20 shots in a 5-0 win over Robert Morris in October in his second college start. The Bobcats finished seventh in ECAC Hockey and lost to Union in a three-game quarterfinal series after winning the first game of the series in five overtimes.
2010-11: Hartzell shared the goaltending duties with Clarke in his sophomore season; appearing in 28 games. He finished the year 12-7-6 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.22 goals against and .927 save percentage. Quinnipiac finished tied with Clarkson for seventh place in ECAC Hockey. The Bobcats defeated Brown in the first round before falling to Cornell, 3-2, in overtime in the decisive third game of their quarterfinal series. Hartzell started 3 of 5 playoff games and stopped 29 of 32 shots in the overtime loss to Cornell.
2011-12: Hartzell played in 30 games for Quinnipiac as a junior. He was 12-11-6 with 1 shutout and had a 2.18 goals against and .913 save percentage. The Bobcats tied Colgate for fourth place in ECAC Hockey and lost to the Raiders in a three-game quarterfinal series.
2012-13: Hartzell attended the Flyers’ prospect camp in the summer before returning to Quinnipiac for his senior season. Appearing in 42 of 43 games for the Bobcats, he was named ECAC Hockey’s Player of the Year and received the Ken Dryden award as the league’s top goalie. Hartzell finished 30-7-5 with 5 shutouts and had a 1.57 goals against and .933 save percentage. Quinnipiac finished first in ECAC Hockey in the regular season and, after an upset loss to Brown in the conference semifinals, defeated Yale, 3-0, in the league’s third place game. The Bobcats swept Canisius and Union in the NCAA East Regional to reach the Frozen Four. After defeating St. Cloud State, 4-1, Quinnipiac lost to Yale, 4-0 in the championship game. Hartzell was signed to an entry-level contract by Pittsburgh in April and in July of 2013 received a two-year contract with the Penguins.
Hartzell is a technically sound goaltender with a terrific glove. His large frame allows him to effectively economize his movements. Hartzell possesses very good reflexes, although he’s not overly quick in his lateral movements. His vastly improved ability to control rebounds and second and third chances have made him a more confident, consistent goaltender. That, in turn, has also made him a stabilizing presence on Quinnipiac’s back end. He has the ability to win games for his team and has shown that he can make the necessary saves at crucial times. Another aspect of Hartzell’s development that has contributed to his success is his approach to playing his position. He’s more methodical and has shown greater attention to detail. He is outstanding in his play down low and he covers his angles quite well. His reads and ability to track plays are also very good.
Hartzell will play the 2013-14 season for one of the Penguins minor-league affiliates.