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Levente Szuper (b. June 11th 1980 in Budapest, Hungary) is a professional goaltender who plays in the Deutsch Eishockey Liga for EV Duisburg.

Szuper cracked the lineup of Ferencv√°ros TC of the Hungarian League in 1996-97 at the young age of 16 years old and dominated the league; he was named best rookie of the league. The next season, to further his development, he moved to the Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL and offered the same season a brilliant performance at the 1998 World Championship Pool C, where he posted an outstanding 0.75 goal against average.

Szuper crossed the Atlantic to play in the Ontario Hockey League in 1998 with the Ottawa 67's. He shared duties between the pipes with Seamus Kotyk and did very well. Ottawa advanced to the 1999 Memorial Cup, them being the host team, and they defeated the Belleville Bulls in the semifinals to advance to the Final, where they defeated the Western Hockey League's Calgary Hitmen. Szuper helped Ottawa prevail 7-6 in overtime and his name began to be associated with the National Hockey League.

The following season, Szuper resumed his stellar play and even though Ottawa's run to the Memorial Cup ended in the semifinals of the OHL's playoffs (face to Belleville), the season turned out to be extremely rewarding for him, as he was ultimately drafted to the NHL by the Calgary Flames 116th overall of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

He moved to the American Hockey League, with the Flames' farm team in St. John. He spent three seasons there, winning one Calder Cup. An injury to one of the Flames' goalie brought Levente even closer to the NHL as the Flames called him up for 9 games in 2002-03. He became the first Hungarian to appear on an active NHL roster for a game, but since he wasn't given any ice time, he does not appear in the league's register.

After one more season in North America, Szuper heads back to Europe, where he would play one season with Duna√ļjv√°ros AC of his domestic league, before returning to the DEL, this time with Duisburg.

External Links

  • Szuper's career stats on eurohockey.net
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