Zoltán Hetényi

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The native form of this personal name is Hetényi Zoltán. This article uses the Western name order.
Zoltán Hetényi
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Born (1988-02-18) 18 February 1988 (age 26)
Budapest, HUN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
SM-liiga team
Former teams
Alba Volán SC
National team  Hungary
Playing career 2003–present

Zoltán Hetényi (born 18 February 1988 in Budapest) is a Hungarian ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Tappara Tampere of the Finnish SM-liiga.

Playing career[edit]

Hetényi began playing hockey by Dunaferr. After coming through the youth ranks of the team, he switched to Ferencvárosi TC and later Alba Volán Székesfehérvár, making his debut for the Hungarian champions in 2004.

The breakthrough in his career came in the 2007–2008 season, when thanks to his outstanding performances, he managed to supplant first choice keeper Krisztián Budai. In addition, he earned a place in the Hungarian team, that went undefeated on the 2008 IIHF World Championship Division I and won promotion to the top level championship after seventy years. Hetényi contributed to the success with a shutout against Croatia.

Alongside other three Hungarians, he was listed for the 2009 KHL entry draft,[1] but in the end he was not picked by any club.

In 2010 he travelled to Slovenia for the Division I World Championship already as the starting goalie of the national team, and despite Hungary missed out the promotion after falling short to the hosts, Hetényi topped the goalkeepers' list both in GAA (1.29) and in saving percentage (.954), making two shutouts in the process.[2]

For the 2011–2012 league season, Hetényi joined the Finnish team Jokerit of the league SM-liiga.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He has a brother, Péter (b. 1991) who is also a professional ice hockey player, playing as a defender. In 2013 whilst in North America Hetényi was arrested for drunken misbehavior in an Atlanta restaurant.[4]


Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Hungarian Championship Rookie of the Year: 2004
  • Best Junior Player of the Hungarian Championship: 2005, 2006
  • Best Goaltender of the Hungarian Championship Playoffs: 2008


  1. ^ "Négy magyar a KHL draftlistáján" (in Hungarian). Sportklub. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "IIHF World Championship DIV I Group B – Goalkeepers" (pdf). Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Filppula ja Hahl uusimmat vahvistukset / Filppula, and Hahl the Latest Confirmations". Jokerit (in Finnish). 19 May 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Goalie Hetenyi arrested, released by team". United Press International, Inc. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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