Sault Ste. Marie’s Bronson Kovacs is a member of the Hungarian national team that will play host to the Four Nations Cup Hockey Tournament from November 10 to 12.
The 27-year old defenseman and third-year pro is one of 18 players selected to play for Hungary against national teams from Italy, Japan and Poland.
Of further note, former Ontario Hockey League (Soo Greyhounds) and National Hockey League (Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders) bench boss Ted Nolan of Garden River First Nation will coach the Polish national squad.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Kovacs, who plays professionally for MAC Budapest, played all of his minor hockey in Sault Ste. Marie before advancing to the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and then four full years with the Hobart College Statesmen of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
During his career at Hobart, Kovacs served as team captain in his senior season and helped lead the Statesmen to their fifth National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament appearance in program history in 2014-2015.
In all, Kovacs played in 98 career games at Hobart and scored 19 goals, 26 assists, 45 points.
In the classroom, Kovacs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology and was a three-time member of the ECAC all-academic team.
His father, Toots Kovacs, is no stranger to hockey in Sault Ste. Marie and currently serves as an associate coach with the aforementioned Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL.
PHOTO: Bronson Kovacs has taken his game to the pro level in Hungary.