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Kopitar makes Slovenia the 24th country to host the Stanley Cup

Jul 6, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

Anze Kopitar is one of just two people from the small country of Slovenia to play in the NHL last season. He’s also one of the big reasons the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. So it seems only fair that he got to bring the coveted trophy back with him.

According to Philip Pritchard, who is the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Vice President and Curator, Slovenia is the 24th country the Stanley Cup has been to. As you can see, there was quite a lot of buzz surrounding the event (photo curtsy of the LA Kings official Twitter feed):

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Naturally, before its big day, the Cup got its own bed – or maybe Kopitar decided to sleep with it. He posted this picture on Twitter:

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If you’re so inclined, you can also watch a video of him eating breakfast out of the Cup.

All-in-all, it looks like Kopitar’s enjoying himself, and given that he’s just 24, this might not be the last time that he gets to take that special piece of hardware back home.

  1. warpstonebc - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Good for him.

    Kopitar went through a lot just to play at a level to be drafted. He’s a great example to all the xenophobes who dismiss the dedication and sacrifice made by a player who wasn’t lucky enough to come up in our North American developmental systems.

    • kingfooj - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      The man has the support of his whole country. They were going absolutely nuts everytime the kings won or he did something. Beautiful sight

    • kingfooj - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      oops didnt mean to make that a reply

  2. kingkenny7 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Reblogged this on Ziegenhodensuppe            and commented:
    Ausnahmsweise und auch gleichzeitig zum ersten Mal benutzte ich den Reblog Button. Viel mehr zu diesem Thema gibt´s nicht zu schreiben, aber das erste Foto fand ich einfach zu genial. Der verlinkte Twitter Account von Kopitar bietet weitere sehr schöne.

    • hockinj25 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Cool story bro.

  3. kingkenny7 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I am very happy for him as he´s one of my favourite players. There are also other very nice pictures to find on his Twitter account.

  4. bigstick7770 - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    behind the cup, is that a….gas mask?

    • danphipps01 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      And to the left of it, I swear to God that’s the Rorschach mask from the Watchmen movie.

  5. highlander24 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    This is great. What a thrill for Slovenia. GKG.

  6. t16rich - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    The picture of that crowd is awesome. Huge turnout.

  7. blomfeld - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    TO THE VICTOR GO THE SPOILS !

    What a nice story ! … which by the way, is not surprisingly written by Dadoun. Kopitar played a “huge” role in every one of our glorious victories over the Canucks, Blues, Coyotes and Devils ! He’s a terrific player and he’s one of the reasons why this may be just the start of a “long” Stanley Cup Championship reign for our Los Angeles Kings ! :)

  8. katolungile - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:41 AM

    This Coyotes fan recognizes what a stud this guy is…

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