Anže Kopitar
Slovenian ice hockey player
Anže Kopitar
Anže Kopitar [pronunciation: ahn-JAY koh-PEE-tahr], nicknamed Kopi, is a Slovene professional ice hockey center and alternate captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). The first Slovenian to play in the NHL, Kopitar played junior hockey for his hometown team HK Acroni Jesenice and led his native country before he moved to Sweden at age 16 to play in a better league.
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What we learned from the Kings' 3-2 victory at Arizona
LATimes - 20 days
What we learned from the Kings’ 3-2 victory over Arizona on Tuesday. Anze Kopitar might be stirring offensively Kopitar’s three-point game (one goal, two assists) was his third this season, matching his best single-game production. But on both previous occasions he did it with three assists, against...
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Kings' late burst in Carolina gives them momentum heading into All-Star break
LATimes - 25 days
After nearly 56 minutes brimming with saves and shrinking space, the ice opened up and the Kings slipped in.  Drew Doughty locked eyes with Anze Kopitar before darting down the right wing, and Kopitar telegraphed the puck onto Doughty’s stick. Doughty then peaked toward the goal and found a streaking...
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Kings' Anze Kopitar set to return against Sharks after illness
LATimes - about 1 month
It’s probably a good thing Anze Kopitar didn’t watch the entire telecast of the Kings’ 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It might have made the Slovenian center sicker than he already was. Kopitar was stricken Sunday by what he said was a virus or stomach flu, leading him to sit out Monday’s game....
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Kings report: Veteran line is working hard, but not producing points
LATimes - about 2 months
It’s baby steps for the Kings these days, even for those who have long outgrown their kid skates. Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik have played a combined 2,662 games in their NHL careers, and the trio has a history of chemistry. But they’ve yet to channel that tangibly since they were...
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Kopitar could be in lineup when Kings face Islanders
LATimes - 3 months
Though center Anze Kopitar has missed the last five games because of a hand/arm injury, he still wanted to contribute to the Kings’ success. He figured out how to do the next-best thing. “I try to help the guys out, yelling at the TV,” he said. “Some stuff comes out of my mouth like I’m on the...
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Anze Kopitar to miss finale of Kings' road trip
LATimes - 3 months
Greetings from the Pepsi Center, where the Kings will face the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night in the finale of a five-game trip. The Kings are 1-2-1 so far, leaving their road record this season at 2-6-1. Goaltender Peter Budaj is scheduled to start against the team that he played for during...
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Kings injuries give players a shot at roster
LATimes - 5 months
So who gets to play with Kings center Anze Kopitar? The smile from right wing Devin Setoguchi adequately answered the question on Saturday morning. The Kings had their final preseason game Saturday night, facing Colorado, and Kopitar played his one and only exhibition contest. Kopitar, fresh from...
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Kings injuries give players a shot at roster
LATimes - 5 months
So who gets to play with Kings center Anze Kopitar? The smile from right wing Devin Setoguchi adequately answered the question on Saturday morning. The Kings had their final preseason game Saturday night, facing Colorado, and Kopitar played his one and only exhibition contest. Kopitar, fresh from...
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Kings injuries give players a shot at roster
LATimes - 5 months
So who gets to play with Kings center Anze Kopitar? The smile from right wing Devin Setoguchi adequately answered the question on Saturday morning. The Kings had their final preseason game Saturday night, facing Colorado, and Kopitar played his one and only exhibition contest. Kopitar, fresh from...
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Kings injuries give players a shot at roster
LATimes - 5 months
So who gets to play with Kings center Anze Kopitar? The smile from right wing Devin Setoguchi adequately answered the question on Saturday morning. The Kings had their final preseason game Saturday night, facing Colorado, and Kopitar played his one and only exhibition contest. Kopitar, fresh from...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anže Kopitar
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    Kopitar was also named to play in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey for Team Europe, which includes players from most of Europe (the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden have their own teams).
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the announcement Kopitar had expressed excitement towards the concept, which was to be introduced during the tournament, noting that as a Slovenian he had few opportunities to play in tournaments like this. Kopitar is renown in the NHL as one of the most effective two-way forwards, in that he is effective both as an offensive and defensive player. A finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given to the best defensive forward in the NHL, in both 2014 and 2015, Kopitar won the award in 2016. He is known for being skilled at taking faceoffs, with one of the highest averages in the league during his career. He is also skilled at offence, having led the Kings in team scoring every year of his career, except for his first season.
    On 16 June 2016, Kopitar was named the captain of the Kings, replacing Dustin Brown.
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    Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016, as well as the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play the same year.
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  • 2015
    Age 27
    During the 2015–16 season Kopitar signed an eight-year contract extension with the Kings.
    More Details Hide Details It would pay him an average of $10 million per season until the end of the 2023–24 season. He finished the season with 74 points, setting a team record by leading the Kings in scoring for a ninth consecutive season. He was named a finalist for both the Selke and Lady Byng Trophies again.
  • 2013
    Age 25
    The 2013–14 season saw Kopitar lead the team in scoring for the seventh consecutive season, with 70 points, and was named both the team's most valuable player and best defensive player.
    More Details Hide Details He also was a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as best defensive forward in the NHL for the first time. In the playoffs, Kopitar led the entire league in scoring, recording 26 points in 26 games, as the Kings won their second Stanley Cup championship. The following season, Kopitar tied Marcel Dionne as the only player in Kings history to lead the team in scoring eight times, having scored 16 goals and 48 assists for 64 points. Kopitar was a finalist for the Selke Trophy again, and also for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded for sportsmanship.
    He played 31 games for Mora, scoring 34 points, before the NHL lockout ended in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details A shortened, 48-game NHL season commenced, Kopitar recorded 42 points in 47 games to once again lead the Kings in scoring, and was named the team's best defensive player.
  • 2012
    Age 24
    The 2012–13 NHL season was delayed due to the NHL lockout, so Kopitar joined his younger brother Gašper on Mora IK of the Swedish second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan, signing a contract with the team for the 2012–13 season.
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    In recognition of this, Kopitar was named as the 2012 Slovenian male Athlete of the Year.
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    Praised as one of the best players in the League, Kopitar won the Stanley Cup championship with the Kings in 2012 and 2014, leading the playoffs in points on both occasions with 20 (tied with teammate and former captain Dustin Brown) and 26 points, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Internationally, Kopitar has represented the Slovenian national team in several junior and senior tournaments, as well as at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Kopitar was born in Jesenice, Slovenia (then part of Yugoslavia) to Matjaž and Mateja Kopitar. Matjaž played hockey for HK Acroni Jesenice, winning the league title three times, and was a member of the Yugoslav and Slovenian national teams. He also coached HK Acroni Jesenice of the Austrian Hockey League during the 2006–07 season and the Slovenian national team from 2010 until 2015. Mateja worked at the family restaurant, Hrušica, a village about five kilometres from Jesenice.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    In the 2011–12 season, Kopitar led the Kings in scoring with 76 points, including a career-best 51 assists.
    More Details Hide Details The Kings won the Stanley Cup as playoff champions, their first title in team history. Kopitar finished tied with Kings captain Dustin Brown to lead the team in playoff scoring, with each having 20 points from 20 games played. Kopitar became the first Slovenian-born player to win the Stanley Cup.
  • 2010
    Age 22
    The 2010–11 season saw Kopitar play in his 325th consecutive NHL game, which set a new Kings team record, passing Marcel Dionne on 15 March 2011.
    More Details Hide Details However eleven days later, Kopitar's season and ironman streak came to an abrupt end at 330 games after he suffered a broken ankle. Despite the injury setback, Kopitar led the team in scoring for the fourth straight season with 73 points, and was named the team's most valuable player for the second time.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    He finished the 2009–10 season with a career-high 34 goals and 81 points.
    More Details Hide Details For the second time in his career, Kopitar won the Bill Libby Memorial Award as the Kings' most valuable player, and led the team in scoring for the third-straight year. Kopitar made his Stanley Cup playoff debut that season, as the Kings qualified for the post-season for the first time since 2002. The Kings lost in the Western Conference Quarterfinals to the Vancouver Canucks, and Kopitar finished tied for third on the team with five points in six games.
    The following season, Kopitar scored his first career NHL hat-trick (3 goals in one game) on 22 October 2009 against the Dallas Stars.
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  • 2008
    Age 20
    Early in the 2008–09 season, on 11 October 2008, Kopitar signed a seven-year contract extension with the Kings worth $47.6 million.
    More Details Hide Details The contract would keep Kopitar with the team until the conclusion of the 2015–16 season. He finished the season with 66 points in 82 games, leading the Kings in both assists and points, while again finishing second in goals scored.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 19
    The following season, 2007–08, Kopitar was selected to represent the Western Conference at the 56th NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta, his first all-star game appearance.
    More Details Hide Details He was the youngest player in the game, nearly two years younger than the second-youngest player, Paul Šťastný (Sidney Crosby was younger, but had to withdraw prior to the game due to injury). Kopitar finished the regular season with 32 goals and 45 assists for 77 points; he led the Kings in assists and points and was second in goals. Kopitar won the Bill Libby Memorial Award as the most valuable player on the Kings.
    In January 2007, he was named to the NHL YoungStars Game, an event included at the All-Star Game festivities; Kopitar recorded two goals and three assists.
    More Details Hide Details Kopitar completed his first NHL season third among rookies in scoring, behind Evgeni Malkin and Paul Šťastný, with 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 points. It marked the fifth-highest point total by a Kings rookie, and the highest since Luc Robitaille in 1986–87. He finished fourth in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. Kopitar was awarded the Mark Bavis Memorial Award as the best first-year member of the Kings and was also named the Kings' Most Popular Player.
  • 2006
    Age 18
    At the 2006 World Championship he played for Slovenia at the top level and recorded three goals and nine points in six games, tying for fifth among scoring leaders.
    More Details Hide Details Slovenia qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; as the qualifying games were held during the NHL season Kopitar was unable to participate, though his father Matjaž coached the team and Gašper played in the matches. Though Gašper was part of the team that secured qualification for Slovenia, he was not named to the Olympic roster. Kopitar helped Slovenia reach the quarterfinals of the tournament by scoring two goals and one assist.
    He made his NHL debut on 6 October 2006, against the Anaheim Ducks and scored two goals in the game.
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    The following year, in 2006, he accepted an invitation to Los Angeles' rookie camp.
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  • 2005
    Age 17
    In 2005 Kopitar appeared in three international tournaments for Slovenia; he took part in the U18 Championship, World Juniors, and the World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Slovenia competed at the Division I level for both junior tournaments, but at the top level for the senior championship.
    Kopitar signed an entry-level contract with the Kings on 7 September 2005, but returned to play in Sweden for another season.
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    After his first season in Sweden, he was chosen 11th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2005 Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike most top-ranked prospects, Kopitar was not at the draft, but in Sweden playing in preseason games. Some members of the team had a party for the draft, including Niclas Bergfors, who was selected 23rd overall by the New Jersey Devils. Prior to the NHL Draft, Kopitar was also selected in the CHL Import Draft by the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He declined to move to North America, however, hoping to further his development by continuing to play against professionals in the Elitserien, rather than against major junior players in the WHL.
    Prior to the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar was ranked the top European skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.
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    Kopitar met Ines Dominc in Slovenia in 2005; they married in July 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Their first child, a daughter named Neža, was born on 14 March 2015.
    The 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL upon making his debut in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, leading them in scoring every year except his rookie season. Following the 2015–16 season, he was named the Kings' captain.
  • 2004
    Age 16
    The following year he appeared in the 2004 U18 tournament and the 2004 World Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Slovenia competed in Division I at both tournaments, one level below the top division. Kopitar scored six goals and eight points in five games during the under-18 tournament and finished second overall for goals scored and third for points, leading Slovenia in both categories; at the World Juniors he had one goal and one assist in five games.
    He led the Slovenian Ice Hockey League in scoring at the age of 16, and Swedish scout Lars Söder recruited Kopitar for the Elitserien in 2004 (Söder had originally discovered Kopitar when he was 13 at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland).
    More Details Hide Details The Slovenian Ice Hockey League did not have a high enough skill level, so Kopitar decided that if he wanted to improve his career prospects, he would have to leave the country. He was offered a chance to play in Sweden for Södertälje SK, eventually joining their junior team where he led the League in scoring, with 49 points (28 goals, 21 assists) in 30 games.
  • 2003
    Age 15
    Kopitar first played in an international tournament when he participated in the Division I (second level) tournament of the 2003 IIHF World U18 Championships for the Slovenian national junior team.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in five games and recorded three points.
  • 2002
    Age 14
    In 2002, Kopitar began playing for the youth team of his hometown, HK Acroni Jesenice.
    More Details Hide Details He split the year between the team's under-18 and junior clubs, and also appeared in 11 games for the senior team HK Kranjska Gora of the Slovenian Ice Hockey League. Kopitar had four goals and four assists in the senior league, and recorded 76 points in 14 games for the Jesenice under-18 team and 27 points in 20 games for the junior club.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Born
    Born on August 24, 1987.
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