Big year for Kopitar and co.
Slovenia's national menís team will be amongst the twelve that will play in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the first time that this nation has qualified for the Games.
It is an almost unbelievable achievement; the country has just one professional team, and only 148 registered senior players. But these facts and other hurdles did not dissuade head coach Matjaz Kopitar or his squad, as they finished in front of higher-ranked teams like Denmark and Belarus during the qualification stage in Vojens to book their Sochi tickets.
IIHF.com caught up with the Slovene head coach in Innsbruck earlier this month during the country's only pre-Olympic tournament to talk about the teamís goals in 2014.