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KOPITAR PARTNERS WITH RIGHT TO PLAY

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – Players from 22 National Hockey League teams – including the Kings’ Anze Kopitar – will be showing their support for the international humanitarian organization Right To Play by making personal donations during upcoming NHL contests.

Kopitar joins fellow NHL players such as Alexander Ovechkin, Zdeno Chara, Joe Thornton and Daniel Alfredsson in donating to Right To Play based on minutes played in games from February 27 – March 1. While players celebrate their ability to play a game they love, they will be making donations to Right To Play in honor of coaches or role models who instilled in them the positive values of sport and helped them succeed -- not just in hockey, but in life.

Kopitar will donate in honor of his father, Matjaz Kopitar, following the Kings-Detroit Red Wings game in Detroit on Friday, Feb. 27.

Funds raised will support Right To Play’s sport and play programs in 23 countries of operation across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. By training local community leaders as Coaches to deliver these programs, Right To Play provides similar growth opportunities and positive role models for 600,000 children in Right To Play activities every week.

The Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation is also joining in the players’ support of Right To Play by matching donation contributions from Teammates For Kids ‘Hockey Teammates’ up to $20,000.

In addition, players, teams, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have all contributed to an online auction in benefit of Right To Play. The auction launches this evening at www.ebay.com/righttoplay. The auction closes on March 1.

Participating players can be found on a Coach Tribute Wall at righttoplay.ca or righttoplayusa.org. Fans are encouraged to join these NHL players by making online donations in honor of their own coaches or role models. For donations of $25 or more, donor and coach names will be inserted on the Coach Tribute Wall alongside the NHL players, and the donor will receive a personalized ‘Coach Tribute’ via email as a special thank you.

About Right To Play
Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver our programs in 23 countries affected by war, poverty and disease across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Right To Play is supported by an international team of top athletes from more than 40 countries. As role models, these athletes inspire children, raise awareness and promote opportunities for funding for Right To Play projects. Contact:

Mark Brender, mbrender@righttoplay.com

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