Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey senior Michael Garteig has signed an entry-level contract with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Vancouver Canucks, as announced by the organization on Friday, April 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Garteig is coming off an incredible season in which he led the Bobcats back to the NCAA Frozen Four and an appearance in the NCAA Championship Game. For the year, Garteig was 32-4-7 with a 1.91 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage with eight shutouts. Garteig’s 32 wins and eight shutouts were Quinnipiac records. For his career, Garteig posted a 78-25-16 record across three seasons as the Bobcats’ starting goalie, breaking Quinnipiac’s career records in wins (78), shutouts (19) and goals-against average (1.96).
“Michael Garteig has cemented himself in the history of our program and college hockey,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said. “He came in and knew what he had to do to be great, and he was just that. His work ethic and overall talent will help him to be successful in his professional career. We’re thrilled for Michael, and wish him all the best with the Vancouver Canucks.”
Garteig also finished his career as just the fourth player in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey history to record 19 shutouts for his career joining Ryan Miller (26), Joe Fallon (20) and Ben Scrivens (19). In addition, Garteig’s 78 career wins rank 15th all-time while his 1.96 career GAA ranks 11th all-time.
Garteig completed his career as a two-time All-ECAC Hockey Selection (2015, 2016). His most recent honor came in the NCAA tournament when he was named the NCAA East Regional Most Outstanding Player after back-stopping the Bobcats to a pair of wins against RIT and UMass Lowell to send Quinnipiac to its second NCAA Frozen Four in four seasons.
Garteig was also the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Month in October, November and December and was also honored by the Hockey Commissioner’s Association as the National Player of the Month for November.