Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Levente Szuper

8 NHL Games

November 5, 2002 Calgary Flames vs New Jersey Devils. 3-2 win.
November 7, 2002 Calgary Flames vs New York Rangers. 0-1 loss.
November 9, 2002 Calgary Flames vs Florida Panthers. 0-3 loss.
November 11, 2002 Calgary Flames vs Atlanta Thrashers. 1-2 loss.
November 14, 2002 Calgary Flames vs New York Rangers. 1-2 loss.
November 16, 2002 Calgary Flames vs St. Louis Blues. 0-1 loss.
December 1, 2002 Calgary Flames vs Detroit Red Wings. 2-3 loss.
December 3, 2002 Calgary Flames vs Colorado Avalanche. 2-1 win.

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    Lavente Szuper had a great junior career. In 1999 he was a member of the Ottawa 67s teams that won the Memorial Cup. The following year he was drafted, and later signed, by the Calgary Flames. In doing so he became the first Hungarian to be drafted by an NHL team and the first Hungarian to sign an NHL contract. He very nearly became the first Hungarian to play in the NHL.

   Early November, 2002 the Calgary Flames lost goaltender Roman Turek. He sat out seven games while recovering from a broken finger. The Flames recalled Dany Sabourin for the first game but then promptly sent him back to the minors in favor of Szuper. Lavente dressed in six games as Jamie McLennan's backup before Turek was ready to return.

   Early December, 2002 Jamie McLennan missed two games while recovering from a back injury. Szuper was recalled to replace him as Roman Turek's backup.

   The Flames decided not to resign Szuper following the 2003 season. He was inked to a one-year deal by the St. Louis Blues but was never given any time in the NHL by the club. After his contract with the Blues expired in 2004, Szuper opted to return to Europe. He became a staple on Hugary's national team. Looking back he regrets not being able to become the first Hungarian to officially play in the NHL. "There's a little bit of sadness still in my mind because I was so close to get to the NHL as the first Hungarian. Since I got a little older, a little more mature, I realized what this whole thing's all about," said Szuper. "It's not enough to work hard. It's not enough to be talented. It's not enough to be everything combined. You have to be lucky, too, and I don't think I was very fortunate in those days. It's still hard to talk about. It's not an easy subject because everyone expected me to make the NHL." (1) 

  • Wore #31 with Calgary Flames

Career stats from hockeydb.com
Born  -- Budapest, Hungary 
Height 5.11 -- Weight 175
Drafted by Calgary Flames - round 4 #116 overall 2000 NHL Entry Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
SeasonTeamLgeGPAPIMMinGAENSOGAAWLTSvsPctGPAPIM
1998-99Ottawa 67'sOHL3210180070142.3322637300.913400
1999-00Ottawa 67'sOHL53002862122152.563115213570.9181100
2000-01Saint John FlamesAHL3410175073422.50161026400.898100
2001-02Saint John FlamesAHL4302242998352.42151859490.906---
2002-03Saint John FlamesAHL3510190482612.58121827620.903---
2003-04Worcester IceCatsAHL300937004.53320.821---
2003-04Peoria RivermenECHL3200189773342.3123817880.915302
2005-06Asiago HCItaly-A4002237993062.3511640.926500
2006-07Duisburg FoxesDEL3610---
2006-07Malmo IFSEL2001207003.50450.865---
2007-08MilanItaly-A31012183481012.659010.918
2008-09Szekeshfehervar Alba Volan HCAustria5002
2009-10Hannover ScorpionsDEL2210115159003.087705500.903---
2010-11Arizona SundogsCHL41222342132003.381813612400.904---
2011-12Arizona SundogsCHL150075740003.172644470.918---
2011-12Missouri MavericksCHL100603003.00100400.930---
(1) Hungary relishing every minute in the big time, Ottawa Citizen. April 26, 2009. 

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