Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  By Abbey Mastracco  |  Last updated 2/25/14
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Slovenia's improbable Olympic run might have fallen short of the medal podium but to Kings forward Anze Kopitar, it was a priceless experience that helped advance the sport in his home country and one that he never would have traded for time off. "We opened up some eyes in the hockey world," Kopitar said, following Monday's practice. "I don't think anybody from our team and our country thought that we were going to make it to the quarterfinals. But we felt good." In the country's first-ever Olympic appearance it advanced to the quarterfinals, surpassing the expectations that most had for the upstart squad. Under the guidance of Kopitar's father Matjaz, Slovenia went 2-0-0-3, being eliminated by eventual silver medal-winning Sweden. It was a historic run for the country that has less than 200 senior level players and came to Sochi ranked just 17th in the world. "We've got 150 registered players and seven rinks, so hopefully we can expand that base a little bit,"...
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