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02-08-2013, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Grillinnap View Post
So much for Kopi playing for Team USA if Slovenia keeps failing to qualify for the Olympics...

Bu this is awesome for him. Hopefully more Slovenian players make it to the NHL.
No matter what, that could NEVER have happened. Kopitar has already represented Slovenia at an event higher that U-17, making him ineligible to ever compete for another country for any IIHF sanctioned event, which the Olympics is. He has competed 4 times at the World Championships, 3 of those times in the Elite division. He would never have been able to compete for USA at any IIHF event.

Also, there is another Slovenian NHLer. Detroit Red Wings RW Jan Mursak is from Slovenia. He is currently injured I believe, so has only played 1 game.

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