Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Anze Kopitar
Anze Kopitar was born August 24, 1987 in Jesenice, Slovenia. Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first-round, 11th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar is the first Slovenian-born player in the NHL.

A sizeable centreman with incredible hands, Kopitar honed his skills in Slovenias pro league and the Swedish Elite and Junior Leagues before joining the Kings in 2006-07. In his first professional season in North America, Kopitar lit the lamp 20 times and finished third in the league rookie goal scorers with 61 points.

In the ensuing seasons Kopitar would emerge as one of the NHL's most consistent scorers. He followed up his successful rookie campaign with seasons of 77, 66 and 81 points respectively.

In 2011-12, Kopitar would again post impressive offensive numbers (25 goals and 51 assists) in the regular season, but it was in the NHL playoffs where the Slovenian's season went from good to spectacular. Kopitar and his Kings teammates stormed through the Western Conference playoffs, losing only twice along the way and went on beat out to the New Jersey Devils to win the first Stanley Cup in Los Angeles franchise history. Along the way Kopitar posted 20 points in 20 playoff games.

During the 2013-14 season, the Kings once again made it to the Stanley Cup Final where they would defeat the New York Rangers in five games. The win gave Kopitar and the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Kopitar finished the 2015-16 season with 74 points, setting a franchise record by leading the Kings in scoring for a ninth consecutive season. He also showed he was just as dominant in the defensive end. He led all forwards in total ice time, including more the two minutes per game shorthanded, and his +34 rating was second best in the NHL. For his efforts, Kopitar, was awarded the Selke Trophy as NHL's best defensive forward. Kopitar would also record just 16 minutes in penalties during 2015-16 season. His high level of play, combined with gentlemanly conduct earned him the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the first time in his career.

On 16 June 2016, Kopitar was named the captain of the Kings.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2002-03 HK Acroni Jesenice U18 Sloven-U18 14 38 38 76 10
2002-03 HK Acroni Jesenice Jr. Sloven-Jr. 20 15 12 27 8
2002-03 HK HIT Kranjska Gora Slovenia 11 4 4 8 4
2002-03 Slovenia WJ18-B 5 2 1 3 0 -5
2003-04 HK Acroni Jesenice Jr. Sloven-Jr. 25 32 28 60 16
2003-04 HK HIT Kranjska Gora Slovenia 21 14 11 25 10 4 1 1 2 0
2003-04 Slovenia WJC-B 5 1 1 2 0 +1
2003-04 Slovenia WJ18-B 5 6 2 8 0 +3
2004-05 Sodertalje SK U18 Swe-U18 1 1 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Sodertalje SK Jr. Swe-Jr. 30 28 21 49 26 2 1 1 2 0
2004-05 Sodertalje SK Sweden 5 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
2004-05 Slovenia WJC-B 5 10 3 13 6 +8
2004-05 Slovenia Oly-Q 3 1 1 2 2 0
2004-05 Slovenia WJ18-B 5 6 5 11 14 -1
2004-05 Slovenia WC-A 6 1 0 1 2 -6
2005-06 Sodertalje SK Sweden 47 8 12 20 28
2005-06 Sodertalje SK Sweden-Q 10 7 4 11 6
2005-06 Slovenia WJC-B 5 5 1 6 4 +3
2005-06 Slovenia WC-A 6 3 6 9 2 -2
2006-07 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 20 41 61 24 -12
2006-07 Slovenia WC-B 5 1 13 14 2 +9
2007-08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 32 45 77 22 -15
2007-08 Slovenia WC-A 5 3 1 4 2 -1
2008-09 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 27 39 66 32 -17
2009-10 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 34 47 81 16 +6 6 2 3 5 2
2010-11 Los Angeles Kings NHL 75 25 48 73 20 +25
2011-12 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 25 51 76 20 +12 20 8 12 20 9
2012-13 Mora IK Sweden-2 31 10 24 34 14
2012-13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 10 32 42 16 +14 18 3 6 9 12
2013-14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 82 29 41 70 24 +34 26 5 21 26 14
2013-14 Slovenia Olympics 5 2 1 3 4 +4
2014-15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 16 48 64 10 -2
2014-15 Slovenia WC-A 7 1 3 4 0 -2
2015-16 Los Angeles Kings NHL 81 25 49 74 16 +34 5 2 2 4 2
2016-17 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 12 40 52 28 -10
NHL Totals 840 255 481 736 228 75 20 44 64 39


Frank J. Selke Trophy (2016) Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (2016) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2008, 2011, 2015) Signed as a free agent by Mora (Sweden-2), September 19, 2012.
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