The Kopitar family closed the books on a successful season with the Stanley Cup’s first-ever appearance in Slovenia. Anze Kopitar took hockey’s Holy Grail to his hometown of Hrusica near Jesenice on Friday.
It’s been a perfect season for Slovenia’s most famous hockey family. After father Matjaz Kopitar coached the national team to first place in the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A on home ice in Ljubljana, bringing the country back to the Top Division for next year, his son Anze Kopitar led the Los Angeles to the Stanley Cup in June.
The 24-year-old has long been the sole NHL player from the country of two million inhabitants and 943 registered hockey players, only recently being joined by Detroit’s Jan Mursak.