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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar has been selected to play for the Western Conference All-Star squad at the 2008 NHL All-Star Game at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. PT, the NHL announced Thursday.

Kopitar highlights | All-Star Video

Kopitar, 20, will be making his first NHL All-Star Game appearance. Last season, his rookie year, he played in the YoungStars Game. The 6-4, 220-pound native of Jesenice, Slovenia leads the Kings with 40 points (17-23=40) in 44 games this season. Kopitar has recorded 10 multi-point games so far this season (tied for the team lead with Dustin Brown), including a career-high four-assist game Dec. 6 vs. Buffalo.

Anze Kopitar, who leads the Kings with 40 points (17-23=40) was selected to his first All-Star Game.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The second-year forward had a career-high eight-game point streak (6-6=12), which lasted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12. During that stretch he had two three-game goal-scoring streaks, which was also a career high.

Last season Kopitar finished third among NHL rookies in assists (41), points (61), power-play points (29), average time-on-ice (20:32) and average power play time-on-ice (4:37). He was second among rookies in power-play assists (22) and tied for fifth in power-play goals (seven).

Kopitar was the first Kings rookie since Luc Robitaille (84 points in 1986-87) to reach 60 points in his inaugural campaign. His 61 points were the fifth highest total ever amassed by a Kings rookie.

Originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar has 101 points (37-64=101) and 34 penalty minutes in 116 career games with the Kings.

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