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Anze Kopitar to Represent Slovenia in IIHF World Championship

The LA Kings Captain is set to join Team Slovenia in 2019 IIHF World Championship at the end of April

by LA Kings @LAKings /

While the LA Kings season may be over, Anze Kopitar's hockey season is not.

The Kings Captain is set to join the Slovenian national team for the 2019 IIHF Hockey World Championship in Kazakhstan.

Kopitar started representing his country in 2003 as a junior and then continued to do so through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, four World Championships (2005, 2006, 2008, 2015), and one World Championship Division I event.

Just a kid that grew up in Hrušica, Slovenia, Kopitar has made the entire country extremely proud, as he is one of the most recognized Slovenian professional athletes.

"Being a kid from Slovenia, you always dream about playing in the NHL, and to actually get to a thousand games, it's pretty special," Kopitar said just before playing in his 1,000 NHL game.

Video: VGK@LAK: Kings honor Kopitar for 1,000th game

Between April 29 and May 5, Kopitar and Team Slovenia will battle for a spot in the 2019 IIHF Hockey World Championship Division I Group A against Kazakhstan, Belarus, Korea, Hungrary, and Lithuania.

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