2023 Worlds Preview: Team Hungary
The Hungarians make their third consecutive appearance at the top level.
The Hungarians make their third consecutive appearance at the top level this year. While it would be easy to look at that stat and brush them off as a team that's just happy to be here, it would also be a dumb thing to do. As assistant coach Delaney Collins commented after the Five Nations Tournament in February, "You don't need to tell them to fight, to struggle: they will do it themselves."
Forwards: Réka Dabasi, Fanni Garát-Gasparics, Tamara Gondos, Imola Horváth, Alexandra Huszák, Kinga Jókai-Szilágyi, Emma Kreisz, Regina Metzler, Berta Mozolai, Zsófia Pázmándi, Alexandra Rónai, Míra Seregély, Lara Strobl, Petra Szamosfalvi, Hayley Williams
Defenders: Boglárka Báhiczki-Tóth, Taylor Baker, Lilla Faggyas, Dorottya Gengeliczky, Franciska Kiss-Simon, Sarah Knee, Boglárka Koncz, Fruzsina Mayer, Bernadett Németh, Lotti Odnoga, Enikő Tóth
Goaltenders: Bianka Bogáti, Anikó Németh, Zsuzsa Révész
Players to Watch
Fanni Garát-Gasparics. The forward and Magyar team captain made her North American debut this season with the Metropolitan Riveters and scored 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 24 games.
Míra Seregély. A forward from Budapest, Seregély, 19, is one of two players on this roster currently playing for a D1 team in the NCAA. She just completed her sophomore season at the University of Maine, where she scored 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) and almost doubled her points total from her freshman year.
Anikó Németh. The Magyars' starting goaltender has been a mainstay in Hungary's net for over a decade now, going back to her U18 days. She plays her club hockey at MAC Budapest alongside her twin sister and national teammate, defender Bernadett. Németh posted a 9.32 save percentage in 17 games across the 2022-2023 season.
Zsuzsa Révész. At only 17 years old, Révész is an up-and-coming goaltender with a bright future. She's coming off the starting role for Hungary at the 2023 U18s, where she played each of the five games and put up a .907 save percentage. She's unlikely to see a lot of ice time at this tournament (if any), but the experience and the opportunity to learn from Anikó Németh are the real gems for her here.
What Does Success Look Like for Hungary?
Success for this team is simple: avoid relegation. The Hungarians have tasted life at the top level, and they'll be eager to hold onto it.
April 6 - FRA v. HUN, 7 p.m.
April 8 - SWE v. HUN, 11 a.m.
April 10 - HUN v. FIN, 11 a.m.
April 11 - HUN v. GER, 11 a.m.