|Anze Kopitar is looking forward to meeting with the fans at Hockey Fest '10.
This year’s Hockey Fest is right around the corner. How do you look back at last year’s Hockey Fest? Kopitar:
It was a great experience and a good start to the season. The fans were waiting to get the season going and I thought it was a good intro to get everything started. All the guys were able to hang out, go out to dinner and chit-chat about the summer. I thought it was really postive for the players, fans and staff just to get everyone together and get excited to get started for the season. LAKings.com:
You are in Slovenia still before traveling to L.A. early next week. What have you been up to this summer? Kopitar:
I’ve been mostly working out. I did have a four-day vacation. But that’s pretty much it. I stayed at home, spent time with my girlfriend and my family. LAKings.com:
As you look forward to the upcoming season, what are your thoughts? Kopitar:
After Terry Murray’s first season [going into last season] we said we were going to make the playoffs. Now that’s the goal and we’re expected to be there. There’s going to be a little more pressure, it’s going to be a little more harder, but I think last year’s experience is going to make a difference. We know what we have to do to get there now and know what to do when we get there. It will be a little eaasier with from the experience standpoint, but a little harder from the pressure standpoinit. We have to take that pressure in a positive way and build on that. LAKings.com:
The team recently signed Willie Mitchell
. As a forward in this league, how uncomfortable do guys like Mitchell, Rob Scuderi
and Matt Greene
make you out on the ice? Kopitar:
I had the chance to play against Willie Mitchell
pretty much all season and actually for a few seasons now. He has a great stick, he’s a gritty, shutdown defenseman and really hard to play against. He can make plays and get that first pass through the zone, which is so imporant. I think he’s going to fit in really well in our system.