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
EBEL team
Former teams
Alba Volán Székesfehérvár
Jokerit
National team  Hungary
Playing career 2003–present

Zoltán Hetényi (born 18 February 1988 in Budapest) is a Hungarian ice hockey goaltender who plays for Alba Volán Székesfehérvár in the Austrian Hockey League (EBEL).

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 2011–12 season, Hetényi joined the Finnish team Jokerit of the league SM-liiga.[3] In the 2012–13 season, Hetenyi spent his only season in North America in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Orlando Solar Bears. Unable to establish himself on the ice and making headlines off the ice, Hetenyi opted to return to Europe in signing with Tappara Tampere of the Finnish Liiga.

During the 2013–14 season, after playing on loan in the Mestis with LeKi, and unable to make an appearance with Tappara, Hetenyi made a return to familiar surroundings in his original club, Alba Volán Székesfehérvár on November 19, 2013.[4]

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.[5]

Achievements[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Zoltan Hetenyi returns!" (in Hungarian). Alba Volán Székesfehérvár. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Goalie Hetenyi arrested, released by team". United Press International, Inc. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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