Sault Ste. Marie’s Bronson Kovacs has signed a new professional hockey contract with DEAC, which plays out of Debrecen, Hungary. The signing will become official on Friday of this week, Hockey News North has confirmed.
The 2018-2019 campaign will mark the fourth pro season in Hungary for the soon-to-be-28-year old Kovacs, who was a member of the Hungarian national team that played host to the Four Nations Cup Hockey Tournament last November.
“I hope to play a couple more years (in Hungary),” Kovacs told Hockey News North. “We’ll see.”
Kovacs spent the 2017-2018 season playing for MAC Budapest.
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 Midget 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 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 is a veteran of the pro hockey ranks in Hungary.