Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Keith Petruzzelli named USA Hockey Goalie of the Year

Keith Petruzzelli holding up his first USHL goal
Incoming Quinnipiac Bobcats freshman goaltender Keith Petruzzelli has been named the Dave Peterson USA Hockey Goalie of the Year as announced in a press release by the governing hockey body in the United States. Petruzzelli, a native of Wilbraham, Massachusetts recently concluded his first and only season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks where he led all rookie goaltenders with 22 wins and had a .918 save percentage.

He led the Lumberjacks to the Clark Cup playoffs where he had 52 saves in two starts against Dubuque. In January, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game after making 21 saves in relief in 27 minutes. In February, Petruzzelli became the only USHL goaltender to score a goal this season when he scored an empty net goal in a 4-1 win over the Madison Capitols. 

Petruzzelli is expected to be a drafted within the first few rounds of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft this June. When he enrolls in Hamden this fall, he will have his brother D.J. on the team as well continuing Quinnipiac's tradition of having brothers in the program.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.


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