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Kopitar getting overdue recognition

Kings center and leading playoff scorer no longer secret superstar

Updated: June 6, 2014, 11:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Matjaz Kopitar remembers the scene vividly, standing at the airport with his 16-year-old son, Anze Kopitar, about to leave the family's home in tiny Slovenia to join a club in Södertälje, Sweden.

As a hockey coach, Matjaz knew this was the right move if his son was going to develop his considerable skills.

As a parent, well, that was something entirely different.

"But on same hand, as a parent, for me and for my wife and his younger brother, ...

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