Former Bobcat Michael Garteig Signs With AHL's Utica Comets

Former Bobcat Michael Garteig Signs With AHL's Utica Comets

Former Quinnipiac men's ice hockey stand-out Michael Garteig signed a one-year contract with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Utica Comets, as announced by Utica general manager Ryan Johnson on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. The Utica Comets are the top affiliate with the National Hockey League's (NHL) Vancouver Canucks.

Garteig appeared in eight games for Utica in 2016-17, finishing with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage. Garteig also played in 22 games with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL, posting an 11-6-2 record with a .906 save percentage. Garteig also received a brief call-up to the Canucks for their game against the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 17, 2016. 

Garteig signed with Vancouver following an incredible career in which he posted a 78-25-16 record with a 1.98 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Garteig broke the program record for career wins (78), career shutouts (19) while his eight shutouts last season were also a single-season record. Garteig posted a 32-4-7 record with a .924 save percentage and a 1.91 GAA while leading the Bobcats to its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and its second NCAA Frozen Four and National Championship game in four years. 

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.