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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.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York