Anze Kopitar is from a village in Slovenia called Jesenice, with an estimated population somewhere just over 12,500 people. That he made the NHL at all coming from there is insane, as our own Ellen Etchinghma explained in her piece ”Very High Dreams.”

But he did, and because of that, his hometown is behind him and the Kings in full force. The below video highlights that pretty clearly.

It was taken by his brother Gaspar, and was originally shared by by Rich Hammond of LA Kings - the town gathers to watch the games (puck drop was 2:22 a.m. for this particular contest), and shows them celebrating after Jeff Carter scored the OT winner in Game 2.

So awesome.

(Stick-tap to Pro Hockey Talk)

Comments (4)

  1. This reminds me of all those videos of the Landon Donovan goal celebration

  2. Jesenice is a town in the eponymous municipality in Slovenia not a village. FYI

    • Yep. And as someone who grew up in a town a tenth the size, um, 12,500 people is nothing to scoff at.

  3. My grandfather is from Jesenice………………….never thought I would ever see anything reference this town.

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