The Games may continue. Anze has arrived:

 

There’s a great New York Times write-up of Matjaz and Anze Kopitar, and the state of hockey in Slovenia.

Devoted Coach and Gifted Son Lead Slovenia to Hockey Heights:

As a teenager, Kopitar realized there was a wider world to conquer. Slovenia hosted an international youth tournament, attracting scouts who came to see the top developing talent from Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic. They discovered, as Kopitar recalled, “this kid from Slovenia who was playing pretty good.”

Kopitar received an offer to play on a junior team in Sweden. After consulting with his family, he left home reluctantly in 2004, without finishing high school, to pursue a career in hockey. He was 16.

“We just knew the competition at home was not going to be good enough,” Kopitar said. “It seems easy now. It didn’t seem easy then. I literally thought I was going to the other side of the world.”

So you may have heard that Jeff Carter is skating on Sidney Crosby’s line, opposite Chris Kunitz. Shoot, Jeff, shoot!

Speaking of line combinations, John Vogl of the Buffalo News compiled the forward alignments for the United States, Canada, Sweden and Russia. I had always kind of hoped Dustin Brown would skate on a CAPTAIN AMERICA line with David Backes and Ryan Callahan, but I guess working opposite Patrick Kane on Ryan Kesler’s line isn’t so bad. Say, do Brown and Kesler have any type of history?

A Jonathan Quick sighting:

Via Brian Stubits of CBS’ Eye on Olympics blog, the United States worked with the following groups earlier today:

James van Riemsdyk – Joe Pavelski – Phil Kessel
Zach Parise – David Backes – T.J. Oshie
Dustin Brown – Ryan Kesler – Patrick Kane
Ryan Callahan – Paul Stastny – Max Pacioretty Extras: Derek Stepan, Blake Wheeler

As for the defense, Drew Doughty has been paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jo- HEY DID YOU HEAR THAT PK SUBBAN ISN’T IN CANADA’S TOP SIX? ::lights torch:: ::sharpens pitchfork::

Good luck, Norway.

The letters “I” and “Y” in the English translation of Russian are practically interchangeable, and the hosts won’t take any spelling guidance from the Los Angeles Kings, thank you very much:

 

 

No, don’t cue up those rumors! Please don’t cue up those rumors.

There’s lots of good video here. First a three-part FOX Sports West table discussion featuring Patrick O’Neal, Daryl Evans, Jim Fox and Sean O’Donnell:

And plenty of NHL Live Olympic coverage:

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. 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.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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