Toots Kovacs joins Sault Major

Randy Russon
December 22, 2017

The experienced and reputable Zoltan (Toots) Kovacs has joined the executive of the Sault Major Hockey Association as a vice president, has confirmed.

Kovacs was appointed earlier this week to replace Steve Lawrence on the Sault Major board. Lawrence resigned in May of this year but wasn’t replaced.

“After Steve resigned we spread the duties around but now Toots is coming on board to support us with coaches mentoring and our coaches selection process,” Sault Major president Richard Barsanti told

The 58-year old Kovacs, who is a retired provincial youth justice system worker, has extensive hockey experience as a player and a coach.

After moving up the ranks of Sault Major as a youngster, Kovacs then went on to play in the Ontario Hockey League as a left winger for both the Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires. He then played at the Atlantic University Athletics level for the St. Thomas Tommies.

As a coach, Kovacs has been an assistant in the OHL with the Greyhounds under his close friend Craig Hartsburg. Kovacs has also been a head coach in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with the Soo Thunderbirds and is currently their associate coach under John Parco.

An enthusiastic but no-nonsense individual, Kovacs told that his new position with Sault Major “is definitely going to be a challenge. But I love challenges.”

What you think about “Toots Kovacs joins Sault Major”

  1. I am so incredibly proud of my precious brother…they are lucky to have him…the organization will never be the same…his work ethic and energy are unstoppable…not to mention his ability to encourage everyone to work together…he is totally goal focused…l love when people call me Little Tootsie…it’s a compliment…he has always been my rock…a beautiful mind…thank you Randy Russon…for the golden news…Suzie

  2. Great addition to the board by President Richard Barsanti in having Toots commit to bringing back some stability to the board. Congrats Toots your presence will be a breathe of fresh air. Good Luck

  3. Hope the change works well . But all is loss if there is no change in the parents attitude and postive guidance of there sons and daughters .

  4. That’s great news Randy. Certainly hope the other executives listen to his wisdom and support the changes that need to be made.

  5. Great new for everyone involved in hockey in the soo. Toots will do a great job. Hats off to him for continuing to put his time in to help out hockey in town. Things will turn around. It’s only a matter of time. A lot of good hockey people willing to help out . The soo will be the class of the north again in no time.

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