Sep 16, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Eric Hartzell (31) guards the net against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Detroit Red Wings won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eric Hartzell Re-Assigned To Wheeling


The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly sent goaltender Eric Hartzell down to the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) – according to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ team website.

Hartzell, 23, was sent to WBS following his attempt to make the Pens’ roster in September, and has not performed in a game so far this year.

Moving Hartzell to the ECHL might seem as a demotion, however, the goaltender is currently sidelined with an injury and is most likely going to be working specifically on his conditioning.

The 6-foot-4, 187-pound Hartzell was signed by Pittsburgh following a stellar senior season at Quinnipiac University, where he was named USA Hockey College Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (NCAA’s top college hockey player).

In his final season with Quinnipiac, he posted a record of 30-7-5, a 1.57 goals-against-average and a .933 save percentage in 42 starts for the Bobcates. He also helped lead the team to their first frozen-four appearance in school history and backstopped them to the NCAA championship game.


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