Winter Games Athletes
Kopitar is the lone NHL player on Slovenia's first Olympic hockey team, which will be coached by his father, Matjaz. This is the eighth NHL season for Kopitar, who in 2006 became the first Slovenian to play in the league after being drafted 11th overall by the Los Angeles Kings one year earlier. A dynamic offensive talent, Kopitar has eclipsed 30 goals in a season twice, scoring at least 20 times each of his first six seasons before a lockout shortened the 2012-13 campaign. He set career highs with 34 goals, 47 assists and 81 points in 2009-10 and has led the Kings in scoring every year since finishing second as a rookie in 2006-07. He finished fourth in the Calder Trophy voting that year with 20 goals and 61 points. Kopitar tied teammate Dustin Brown for the scoring lead in the 2011-12 playoffs, each tallying eight goals and 12 assists as the Kings captured the franchise's first Stanley Cup. He had two goals and five points in the six-game finals against New Jersey. Kopitar, who has 17 goals and team-best 47 points this season, last represented Slovenia on the international stage at the 2008 world championships, where he led the team with three goals in five games.