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LA Kings Anze Kopitar Talks Olympics, Sprint To The Finish

LA Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Well before the Los Angeles Kings hit the ice on February 24, an unusually large throng of local media had already gathered at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California. In fact, with all the television and radio news media present, it looked like we had skipped over the final 23 games of the regular season for the Kings and moved right into the playoffs, which is when the local broadcast media start to show up at practices.

But on this day, center Anze Kopitar returned to the Kings’ practice ice for the first time since the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia ended, and he did so as an Olympic hero, of sorts. After all, even though he did not win a medal, he led Slovenia to a nearly miraculous 3-1 win over Slovakia in the preliminary round. Slovenia also shutout Austria in the Qualification Round, 4-0, to reach the Quarterfinals.

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LA Kings Jeff Carter Will Represent Canada At 2014 Olympics In Sochi

Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter will represent Canada during
the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — On January 7, Los Angeles Kings defensemen Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov, along with forward Jeff Carter, were named to their national teams that will compete at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next month.

The 2014 Olympic men’s hockey tournament runs from February 12 – 23, 2014.

Voynov will represent Russia, while Doughty and Carter will play for Canada.

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Gasper Kopitar: Forever Skating In Big Brother Anze’s Shadow

Ontario Reign center Gasper Kopitar, the younger brother of Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, scored the overtime
game-winner in his home debut, leading the Reign to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Bulls at
Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California on January 5, 2014.
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ONTARIO, CA — Those who have brothers or sisters should be very familiar with sibling rivalry, and even having an older sibling who excelled in everything, and then having to follow in their footsteps with those huge shoes to fill.

If you think that’s bad, imagine being the little brother trying to live up to sky-high expectations set by an older brother who is among the best in the world in his chosen field or profession.

That is exactly what Gasper Kopitar has experienced throughout his life, dealing with stratospheric expectations as he follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar.

The older Kopitar, now 26 years old, is considered to be among the National Hockey League’s best players, and he has excelled at every level he has played at, whether it was back home in Slovenia as a teenager, two years in Sweden, and then in the NHL with the Kings, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012.

Those are enormous skate boots to fill, and the younger Kopitar indicated that unrealistic expectations nearly drove him away from the game for good.

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LA Kings Goaltender Jonathan Quick Talks About Being Named To Team USA For 2014 Sochi Olympics

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will represent the United States during the XXII Olympic Winter Games in
Sochi, Russia, in February 2014.
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LOS ANGELES — Hours after being named to represent the United States at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia (February 6-23, 2014), Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick spoke to the media about the honor from St. Louis, where the team will skate against the St. Louis Blues on January 2.

In 2010, Quick was a member of the silver medal-winning Team USA in the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but was the third goaltender and did not dress for any games.

“I was able to be part of the team in 2010, so you get an understanding, I suppose, of what it’s like to represent your country,” said Quick. “To be able to have that opportunity again is a great feeling.”

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