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Kopitar's historical day in Slovenia

Friday, 07.06.2012 / 11:58 AM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / Summer with Stanley blog

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Kopitar's historical day in Slovenia

Anze Kopitar is the NHL's first player from Slovenia, so he is clearly the first person to spend his day with the Stanley Cup in Slovenia.

Kopitar's special celebration in Jesenice started Thursday with the Cup being placed atop a log in the back yard of the family's home, one that has been used to celebrate hockey accomplishments of Anze and his brother, Gasper, over the years.

Kopitar had breakfast with the Cup and will eventually hand it off to Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter, who will spend his day with the Cup in Viking, Alta., on the farm where he was raised.

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