Kopecky, a first time Olympian, will be playing on the men’s national team for the first time. The only time he has represented Slovakia on the international stage was the 2002 World Junior Championship.
He joins fellow Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook as the only two former Lethbridge Hurricanes to be competing at the 2010 Olympics – Kopecky played for Lethbridge in the WHL from 2000-2002, and Seabrook 2000-2005.
I've got a lot of experience and there's a lot of young guys. It's even making me excited a little more. It's kind of a new life. At my age, I feel like I know a lot of things what to do, but I just cannot do it anymore. It's a lot easier to tell them what to do because they've still got the legs and hands to do it. I just know things, but I cannot do them anymore.
— Jaromir Jagr after making his Panthers debut in a win against the Sabres on Saturday