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Rookie Kopitar could be king of all the Kings

first_imgOver his 19-plus years, Kopitar put it all together. He’s now the Kings’ future, the hope of a franchise that hasn’t had much in recent years. Barring any unforeseen regression, he will be the Kings’ next Wayne Gretzky. Unfair expectations? Maybe. But Kopitar is young, big, quick and has the instincts of a player 10 years his senior. With 54 points in 61 games as a rookie, Kopitar is off to a brilliant start. But it’s just a start. “I mean, look at him. He’s still a baby,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said with wonder as Kopitar walked through the Kings training facility wearing a backward cap and looking very much like an average teenager. In appearance, yes. In terms of hockey talent, certainly not. Less than five months into his NHL career, Kopitar is the Kings’ No. 1 center and the team’s leader in average ice time among forwards. Kopitar, at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, is a physical beast with quick hands and superb vision. He’s not afraid to carry the puck out of his own zone and, despite his obvious scoring talents, he’s a talented playmaker. The motivation? It came from the desire to put his tiny former Eastern bloc country on the hockey map. The work ethic? It sprung from childhood days spent waiting tables at his mother’s restaurant. “He’s the real deal,” said future Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, who holds the Kings rookie scoring record with 84 points. “With the way he plays the game, he’s the kind of guy you build your team around.” Best of all for the Kings, Kopitar has the desire to be great and to do it the right way. His demeanor betrays only a quiet confidence without any hint of cockiness or entitlement. Kopitar is unlikely to win the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year – Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has 13 more points and much more hype – but Kopitar has high hopes for the Kings and himself. Asked if he has the desire to be among the next generation of NHL standouts, Kopitar said, “Always. That’s why I chose to try to make it to the NHL. I could have just stayed home and maybe be good, but I knew if I wanted to be great I had to move. I’m going to try to keep going and not just stop now and be happy.” The journey started in the town of Jesenice in Slovenia, which broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991 and had no hockey heritage of its own. NHL games were rare on Slovenian television, but with the assistance of his father, Matjaz, a well-regarded coach in Slovenia’s pro league, Kopitar learned quickly. The Kopitars obtained videos of NHL games and Anze quickly took to the style of Fedorov and became something to watch. “I learned fast because I was usually the young guy,” Kopitar said. “When I was 14 or 15 I was playing with guys two or three years older than me and even then, they counted on me to be a leader.” At age 15, Kopitar played in an under-18 league in Slovenia and scored 38 goals and had 38 assists in 14 games. Those astounding numbers led to him being signed by a Slovenian pro team later that season. Kopitar averaged a point per game in two seasons in Slovenia, but his big move came in 2004 when he left to play in the Swedish Elite League. He spent most of the year on the juniors team, but did well enough to get picked in the first round, 11th overall, by the Kings in the 2005 draft. Kopitar had been highly rated, but some teams questioned his background. No player from Slovenia had ever made the NHL. Would Kopitar’s talent measure up? “Coming from a country that wasn’t on the hockey radar,” Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said, “he had to prove himself at every stage. He just played and didn’t have to worry about sideshows.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – Anze Kopitar, the Kings’ hockey savior, grew up in a city of 21,000 people, just more than the capacity of Staples Center. It turns out that steel mill town in northern Slovenia gave Kopitar all he needed. The talent? It blossomed, nurtured by a hockey coach father and assisted by videos of Sergei Fedorov. last_img read more

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City of Fort St John’s new reclaimed water truck fill station set to open soon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John’s new reclaimed water truck fill station is expected to be operational by the end of November.According to City Staff, this new reclaimed water truck fill station, located on 81 Avenue, will allow users an alternative water source in accordance with the B.C. Municipal Wastewater Regulation.The City says the new facility will reduce the amount of potable water being used for the oilfield industry for fracking purposes and is in line with Council’s strategic goal to reduce industrial dependence on potable water.- Advertisement -As part of sewer bylaw amendments, the initial cost recovery rates are $3.50 per cubic metre.The capital cost of the reclaimed water truck fill station is approximately $7 million.last_img

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DD ENTERTAINMENT: MATTHEW CRAMPSIE LIVE AT THE BREWERY BAR TONIGHT

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: It’s almost the weekend again, and here at The Brewery we’re planning for another superb and lively weekend of fun! It all starts tonight, with the fantastic Matthew Crampsie performing LIVE from 10pm.Then on Friday, the unbelievable High Heeled Converse are back to really kick-start the weekend for you!On Saturday, Sean Gallagher will be LIVE – before resident DJ Oisin Cannon gets the place rocking until the wee early hours with all your favourite tunes!On Sunday, it’s everybody’s favourite, it’s KARAOKE SUNDAY’S! Last week, we had the Letterkenny Rovers FC squad who were celebrating their famous victory which ensured their place in the FAI Intermediate Cup Final at the Aviva.Many of the players dawned the stage, and while many of the squad impressed, there was a few guilty of butchering a few classic songs!Who will steal the limelight this Sunday?As always, ALL COCKTAILS are just €5 throughout the entire weekend, while we also serve food every night until 10pm.All the LIVE Premiership football will be screened throughout the weekend, so as always The Brewery have you covered this weekend! DD ENTERTAINMENT: MATTHEW CRAMPSIE LIVE AT THE BREWERY BAR TONIGHT was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CocktailsEntertainmentFeaturesKaraoke Sunday’sThe Brewerylast_img read more

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Kylian Mbappe and his PSG team-mates react hilariously to Halloween prank

first_img REVEALED RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Football Stories Kylian Mbappe was one of a number of PSG players to get spooked. ADVICE To celebrate All Hallows Eve, PSG took it upon themselves to prank their top stars and showcase the incredible array of frightened faces they produced so we could all get a good laugh.Moussa Diaby, Timothy Weah and Christopher Nkunku got one of the biggest scares, along with ex-Arsenal and Chelsea star Lassana Diarra in a creepy pumpkin lair. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY REPLY BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Manager Thomas Tuchel was too terrified to even attempt the task and while Mbappe thought he’d got out of his go, he then got surprised elsewhere on camera with brilliant results.If only their Ligue 1 rivals could scare them as much!center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card A huge Kylian Mbappe scare is not normally the kind of thing Paris Saint-Germain fans want to see – but this time it’s hilarious and for Halloween.It’s the spookiest time of year and while the France ace is used to goals, it’s a dead cert he’s petrified of ghouls. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 shining no dice last_img read more

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MORE THAN 1,400 DONEGAL STUDENTS STILL WAITING ON GRANT – TD

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has revealed that more than 1,000 students across Donegal are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed.Figures released to Deputy McConalogue reveal that of the 2,877 students from Donegal who applied for grants this year, less than 1,000 of these had been awarded by the beginning of December, and only a fraction of these students had actually received grants.A further 423 Donegal students have been rejected.  The latest figures show that as of the beginning of this month, 1,473 Donegal students were still waiting for their grants to be processed. “It is clear that this crisis has not gone away, despite attempts by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to downplay it,” said Deputy McConalogue.“The fact that more than half of all grant applications from Donegal still hadn’t been processed by the beginning of December is extremely worrying.  Even of the applications that have been processed, a high proportion of these students haven’t actually received a payment yet.“Despite all Minister Quinn’s promises, the vast majority of students will be waiting well into the New Year for their grants.  I have already spoken to a number of students from Donegal who are experiencing enormous difficulties as a result of these unacceptable delays and who are at risk of dropping out of third level altogether. The longer this is allowed to linger, the greater the likelihood that many students simply will not be able to afford to stay in college.“How can Minister Quinn allow this to happen? It seems that all his focus has been on spinning the figures to make this situation look more palatable than it is.  But students don’t want to hear talk of processes and systems, they just want to know when they will actually get the money they are entitled to.  They also don’t want to hear Minister Quinn’s ‘it’s the students fault’ defence.  The tactic of blaming students for the high level of unprocessed and ‘incomplete’ grant applications is a cheap shot.  Students from lower income families who are in need of state support to stay in college are not the ones dragging their heels here. “It is the lack of certainty that is causing the most distress for students and their families. It is time for Minister Quinn to stop worrying about his PR, and start being upfront with students about when exactly they will see their grants.  I am calling on him to immediately state how many students in Donegal and across the country will actually receive a grant before Christmas.”MORE THAN 1,400 DONEGAL STUDENTS STILL WAITING ON GRANT – TD was last modified: December 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:400 DONEGAL STUDENTS STILL WAITING ON GRANT – TDMORE THAN 1last_img read more

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