Sault Ste. Marie native Bronson Kovacs has ended his four-year, National Collegiate Athletic Association career with the Hobart College Statesmen in splendid style.
Along with fellow senior captains Peter Ryan and Terrence O’Neill, Kovacs shared the prestigious Holden Award, which is presented annually to those whose sportsmanship, character and leadership have had a significant impact on the Hobart hockey program.
A 6-foot-3, 210-pound, 1990 birth-year defenceman, Kovacs played in 98 games over four seasons at Hobart, totaling 19 goals, 26 assists, 45 points in 98 games.
Just as significantly, Kovacs was also a three-time member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference all-academic team.
Hobart, which is based in Geneva, N.Y., won the 2014-2015 ECAC West men’s hockey championship.
As he leaves Hobart as a college graduate, Kovacs has an opportunity to extend his hockey career at the professional level in Hungary beginning next season.
Known for his character and leadership qualities as well as his scholastic and hockey abilities, Kovacs came up through the ranks of the Sault Ste. Marie system.
Before going to Hobart, Kovacs was a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League defenceman-of-the-year and scholastic player-of-the-year as a standout for the hometown Soo Thunderbirds.
He is the son of Zoltan Jr. and Diana Kovacs of Sault Ste. Marie.