The New Jersey Titans, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Levente Keresztes will be continuing his hockey career with Budapest Jégkorong Akadémia HC. Budapest is a pro hockey team that plays in Hungary’s top pro league, Erste Liga.
In his three years with New Jersey after being drafted in the 16th round of the 2020 NAHL Entry Draft, the Budapest, Hungary native recorded 110 total points (37 goals and 73 assists) in 150 games played. Levi became a household name in New Jersey during his tenure and will leave the Titans with a cemented legacy of being a Robertson Cup Champion, all while finishing 3rd in all time points and assists for the franchise.
“I’m a little bit sad because my journey ended in New Jersey, and I will not be playing college hockey.” Keresztes said, “However, I’m excited to start my pro career for my hometown team. I think it’s a great chance for me to start at home and work my way up in pro hockey. I’m super grateful for everyone in Jersey, the coaches, owners, and everyone that works in that building. It’s a special organization and I will always remember it as the best 3 years of my life, that taught me a lot on and off the ice.” Levente then went on to say, “I am thankful for the coaching staff and the opportunity that they gave me night in and night out. I’m excited for what the future holds for me, and I hope I can make it back to the United States and New Jersey one day. We will walk together forever”
Head Coach Craig Doremus commented, “We are happy to see Levente sign his pro contract. It’s a bittersweet moment as we were all hoping he would continue in the NCAA route however Levente now begins his professional career back home in Hungary.” Continuing, Doremus mentioned, “Levente came to us three years ago as a very talented young kid. He leaves New Jersey as a Robertson Cup champion and one of the most versatile and effective players we have had. Levi knew how to raise his game in the big moments, and he was such a big part of the organization the past three seasons. Watching him mature and grow in front of my eyes has been one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had in my time as a Titan. We are going to miss him in New Jersey but look forward to following his promising career from afar.”