Slovakia-Slovenia notes, quotes, tweets - LA Kings Insider

Slovenia 3, Slovakia 1
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BULLET POINTS: Rok Ticar scored early in the third period for Slovenia to snap a scoreless tie en route to the country’s first Olympic victory. The game was chippy with plenty of checking and some shoving. Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky of Slovakia left the game after being elbowed in the head on a check by Slovenian defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic in the first period. Slovenia’s captain, Tomaz Razingar, and alternate captain, Anze Kopitar, would each add a goal in the win. Tomas Jurco of the Detroit Red Wings recorded the lone tally for Slovakia with just 18 seconds remaining in the game.

KOPITAR: The lone NHL player on Slovenia’s squad recorded his first goal of the tournament when he avoided a check on the half board and carried the puck through the slot, past multiple defenders, to the far circle where he beat Jarolsav Halak with a wrist shot. (gif = here.) The center was dominant in the faceoff dot, winning 15-of-20 draws. Kopitar posted a game-high ice time with 26:50 over 28 shifts.

THEIR WORDS: From Helene Elliott’s LA Times story: “We were definitely star-struck in the first game, the first 10 minutes. Including myself,” [Anze Kopitar] said. “Playing in the Olympic Games for the first time, I was pretty familiar with the guys we were facing but the venue was different, teammates were different. We got caught sleeping little bit but tonight we didn’t do that. We came right out of the gate pretty strong, very disciplined. We played really solid hockey as a team.”

From Helene St. James’ Detroit Free Press story:”We have to believe in ourselves,” [Tomas Tatar] said. “We can see those underdogs can play really well – Latvia, Switzerland, Slovenia beat us. Hopefully we will work on what we did wrong. We just have to be better.” recap
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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

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


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.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


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.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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.