Ane Kopitar , nicknamed Kopi, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey centre and alternate captain for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League . The 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL upon making his debut in 2006. Kopitar has spent his entire career with the Kings, and apart his debut season when he finished third, has led the team in scoring in each of the following seasons.
Kopitar was born in Jesenice, Slovenia to Matja and Mateja Kopitar. Matja played hockey for HK Acroni Jesenice in the Yugoslav and later Slovenian championship in the 1980s and 1990s, and competed in three World Championships for both Yugoslavia and Slovenia in the early 1990s. He also coached HK Acroni Jesenice of the Austrian Hockey League in the 200607 season and has been the head coach of the Slovenia national ice hockey team since 2010. Mateja worked at the family restaurant, Gostie Kopitar, in Hruica, a village about five kilometres from Jesenice.