Sault Ste. Marie product Bronson Kovacs has had his wish granted to join a playoff contender in the Erste Liga pro hockey loop.
The 30-year old defenseman has been transferred to MAC Budapest from the Dunaújvárosi Acélbikák Steel Bulls.
Kovacs noted that as this is his sixth and final season of playing pro in Hungary, “I was granted my release so I could sign with a contender for my last playoff push.”
Kovacs was team captain for the Steel Bulls.
He confirmed to Hockey News North that once this season is over, he plans to return to the Sault where he hopes to begin a new career in law enforcement.
The well-grounded, likeable Kovacs has a family link to Hungary, which is the homeland of his late paternal grandfather, Zoltan Kovacs Sr.
Prior to heading to Hungary six years ago, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Kovacs played all of his minor hockey in Sault Ste. Marie, advancing to the Soo North Stars of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League and the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
He then spent 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 its fifth National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament appearance in program history in 2014-2015.
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.