Guest of our web chat room is at the moment the biggest star of Slovenian sport – Anže Kopitar.
Welcome in our web chat room. At 17.00 hours hockey player Anže Kopitar will join us. You can ask your questions now.
Hi Anže! Congratulations for a super season. What do you want more next year - to stay with the national team in group A of world hockey or to play NHL playoffs with Kings? Have a nice time and I wish you a lot of success!
I wish to play in NHL playoffs. I haven’t had such experience yet and I would like to do that very much.
When you joined the Kings what did coaches tell you? What you had to improve?
I had to built up fizicaly and in to improve my game in general. Also my face offs.
Hey Kopi! I'm courious when you'll return to LA... we'll miss you! Have a nice time & a lot of success!!
Sometimes in the middle or at the end of August.
Which goal in NHL is your favorite?
My first goal against Anaheim.
Why do you think you haven't been chosen among the three best rookies of the year in NHL?
It doesn't matter what I think. This is how top NHL men and press have chosen.
Do you think it's possible that Slovenian hockey fans will see you play in Canada? (We would be very happy!)
If the Kings don't make it to the playoffs I'll play for Slovenia.
Who do you think is the best hockey player in the world at this moment?
As I saw at the show »Home again« that you are a great waiter. Are you also a cook?
I'm terrible as a cook.
In which club you had a better company? Now or before in Sweden?
The company is better now because they treated me great when I arrived and they helped me a lot.
Did Saša Vujačič introduce you with Bryant and if he did how did you feel?
I haven't meet Kobe yet.
Where is nicer? In USA or Slovenia?
USA are beautiful but Slovenia is still nicer.
Do you think that Slovenian national team can reach among 8 best teams in the world?
These teams are all very good and it's difficult for outsider team to beat any of them. I won't say it's impossible but everything in our game has to be 100% right.
Hi Anže. Congratulations for your success. I wonder how long you intend to stay with the Kings? Would you like to join any other successful NHL teams? Are there any real chances for something like that?
I have my contract with the Kings until 2009. If I could decide I would stay in Los Angeles forever.
Hey Anže do you think that you can stay in elite hockey next year in Canada with the way you played at the recent Championship Division 1.?
We can, but we must stay focused on the game for 60 minutes. All our mistakes will be punished right away by the elite teams.
Do you think your brother will follow your steps?
I hope he'll be even better. I wish he would soon play in NHL.
Which is your favorite team in the playoffs? And which at the Championship in Russia?
I support Detroit and Sweden.
Congratulations for successful season!! Has any other team offered you a better contract?? And for which NHL team would you like to play?
Such offer cannot be made because I'm Kings player and I wouldn't change my team.
Is it true that your Slovenian girlfriend in LA is a tennis player?
I have Slovenian girlfriend but she stayed at home and she is not an athlete.
In which sport are you good besides hockey?
In tennis and basketball.
Against which team do you prefer to play most and which is the hardest opponent? And what is your relationship with some players who play dirty (like that time when number 10 from Nashville knocked you down)? Thanks and good luck!
I like to play against the Ducks most and the hardest games I played were with Dallas. I have in general good relationship with other players, but sometimes it happens that some player hits the other in unfair way.
What is the biggest achievement of your career so far? Congratulations for your great season.
My biggest achievement was when I made the LA Kings team.
I'm a big fan of Jesenice team. Will your dad go with you to America?
Talks are still in progress but it seems that he will go with me.
<>hokeygirl>> What would you do in life if you wouldn’t play hockey?
I would probably play any other sport.
Could any other Slovenian hockey player play in NHL?
Yes they could. Tomaž Razingar, Marcel Rodman, also Jan Muršak and Andrej Hočevar.
Hey Kopitar! It's no secret how much money Kings pay you. Do you get your payment every month? What about different prizes?
We get our checks every 14 days, and regarding the prizes it depends how every individual contract is made.
Hi Anže!! How many hours a day do you train in NHL?
3 –4 hours a day.
With which Kings player do you like to play most?
I like to play with all of them, but I played with Dustin Brown most of the time.
We know that Kings were not very successful in Western conference. Do you know of any newcomers? Maybe some of the players will leave the Kings? Again my congratulations for your great season.
I don't know about the newcomers. Some changes in the team will certainly be but the bosses will decide about that.
For which team besides the Kings would you play in NHL?
Where will you spend your holidays?
Probably in Dalmatia, Croatia.
Hi! First I would like to congratulate you for everything! Did you meet any celebrity in LA parties and social events? Have a nice time.
I personally meet Cuba Gooding Jr. and at Lakers games you can meet many famous people.
Who did you miss most in LA?
Girlfriend and family.
Hi Anže. Do you mind that you're famous and at this moment the best Slovenian athlete? Do you have many interviews? Congratulations for all your successes and I wish you even more!
Yeah so many interviews sometimes bother me but this is also a part of sport.
Did you have any problems with bigger rink here?
I got used on it with the help of some training.
I can see you're a very tall and huge person. Do professional hockey players have to take care about the food?
During summer I must take care of food because of my weight but during the season I can eat what I like.
Hi, do you read hockey forums? How do you feel when fans treat you almost like a God?
I don't read forums.
How do you like the atmosphere during games, do the Kings have ice girls or cheerleaders?
We don't have them but nevertheless the atmosphere is great.
Do Americans pronounce your name correctly or do you have any nicknames?
They call me Ahnjay or Kopy and Kope.
Congratulations for your successful career. What do we have to improve that Slovenian hockey will be even better?
At the moment things are not so bad, also team Olimpija will play in Austrian League next season. Players must play as many games as possible.
Do you train also now during holidays?
I play more basketball and soccer but I'll start to train soon.
Hi, you're one of the best! Do you follow soccer? Which foreign and home team is your favorite?
I follow soccer. Real Madrid and Maribor are my favorite teams.
Do you go on any Lakers or Clippers games? Will you go on LA Galaxy games when Beckham comes?
I was at some Lakers games, Galaxy started with season later.
What do you do during your free time in LA?
I walk on the beach and gather the energy
How do you move across LA?
I bought an Audi Q7.
Which NHL Hockey Hall has made the biggest impression on you? Which team has the best fans?
The best Hall is Staples Center and the best fans are in Canada.
How many points would you like to get next season?
Which US city (besides LA) has made the biggest impression on you?
Is any player in the team who is in charge for covering your back?
Nobody covers my back.
If your father comes to LA will he become an assistant to the Kings coach or something like that??
Possible is that he'll coach younger selections.
Which national team coach (Savolainen, Viborny, Sator) has done most for Slovenian hockey?
All three are top coaches.
Who is the best goalie in the world?
It seems that you're very intelligent and mature. Would you ever change hockey for study and academic career?
I'm more into sport, it's hard for me to sit in front of the books.
Will you play inline hockey this summer??
Maybe I'll play a game or two.
How old were you when you stood on the skates for the first time?
Three and a half years.
We'll ask our guest three more questions!
How many hockey sticks have you broken this season?
What kind of music do you listen, which band is your favorite?
It depends on my mood. I like Siddharta very much.
How come you wear number 11?
They gave me this number at the club and I was drafted as number 11.
How much costs your jersey in the States?
Thank you for your cooperation. See you in the next chat room.
Thanks for your answers and I wish you a nice day. Take care of yourself.