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Kopitar headlines Slovenia's Olympic hockey roster

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TSN.ca Staff
1/7/2014 8:49:05 AM
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Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar headlines Slovenia's roster for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Slovenia announced its 25-man roster for Sochi on Monday, becoming the second nation to do so after the United States' New Year's Day announcement.

Kopitar - whose father Matjaz is the team's head coach - is the lone NHL player on the Slovenian roster.

The complete 25-man squad is as follows:

Goaltenders: Luka Gracnar, Andrej Hocevar, Robert Kristan.

Defencemen: Blaz Gregorc, Sabahudin Kovacevic, Ales Kranjc, Ziga Pavlin, Klemen Pretnar, Mitja Robar, Matic Podlipnik, Andrej Tavzelj.

Forwards: Bostjan Golicic, Ziga Jeglic, Anze Kopitar, Anze Kuralt, Jan Mursak, Ales Music, Ziga Pance, Tomaz Razingar, David Rodman, Marcel Rodman, Robert Sabolic, Rok Ticar, Jan Urbas, Miha Verlic.

Slovenia emerged from its qualifying group to become one of the 12 nations in the men's hockey tournament, despite being ranked 17th in the world. They beat out Belarus, Ukraine and Denmark to secure their first ever berth in the Olympic men's tournament.

The nation's best finish at the IIHF World Championships was 13th, which they achieved in both 2002 and 2005.

Slovenia will be grouped together with Russia, Slovakia and the United States in Sochi.



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