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Anze Kopitar’s run to Stanley Cup finals creates “pretty big buzz” in Slovenia

May 27, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

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Hockey is truly an international sport, with stars coming from Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden and plenty of other locales. Still, there are some relatively uncharted territories, but the Los Angeles Times reports that Anze Kopitar‘s run to the 2012 Stanley Cup finals is making some waves in his native Slovenia.

“There is actually a pretty big buzz back there,” Kopitar said. “I’ve been going on online and reading some of the news from back there. The Kings are pretty big.”

“There are more and more kids playing hockey.”

As for whether he is responsible, Kopitar said, “Maybe a little.”

There’s another reason to dig Kopitar: (false?) modesty in huge quantities. If you see future Slovenian exports, they’re likely to honor their country’s first true star (sorry, Jan Mursak) by wearing his No. 11 or at least crediting him with inspiration.

Don’t be surprised if a few Los Angeles-born hockey players claim Kopitar as their hero too, though.

  1. capsrockva - May 27, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Let’s go Devils. I think Anze is great but I want the Devils to win the cup since they sent the NYR to the golf course after they (the NYR) sent my Caps to the golf course)

    • blomfeld - May 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

      well hopefully “you” people will enjoy and not forget to always bring your “A” game to the party … :)

  2. blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    A lot of fun has been made about the LA King’s “miniscule” fan base over the years … yeah, the Kings are a joke, they play at the beach, their fans are idiots, etc. Well now all you “big time” teams who thought that you were “all that” are about to get a real good lesson in “humility” ! In January of this year, I had a vision that something “special” was about to happen with my beloved LA Kings, who I’ve been a fan of since 1973. I then came to this website here at PHT and began to speak of my vision, but I was summarily denounced as a lunatic, nut, freak, idiot and even worse. Well what have we now ?

    The bottom line friends is that one must never discount the truth. These Slovenians are responding to an unfolding “phenomenon” just like you or I are … with joy and exaltation ! This is a wonderful story and therefore let us pray that it continues until it’s rightful conclusion ! …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM

      my apologies friends …

  3. barroomhero80 - May 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM


    • blomfeld - May 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      yes friend, it is our time …

  4. tihomirg24 - May 28, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    Good for Kopitar.

  5. highlander24 - May 28, 2012 at 4:03 AM


  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    There’s very few Slovenian players in the league and, like you said, he’s the only star. He must be the king whenever he goes back there.

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