(meditative music) – Takes a lot of character
to be a good captain. (meditative music) You have to be there all 82 games, all practices, you gotta be the guy that
everybody understands he’s the hardest working guy on the team. When you follow your leader
that is doing it right, that’s how you build a
winning championship team. (meditative music) (bird sounds) (church bell distantly rings) (water paddling) – Coming here it was just,
everything slows down for me, and especially being in
the off-season trying to recharge and just
kind of get focused again and have a fresh mindset, that’s probably the biggest
thing for me coming here. It’s a little bit more hectic from L.A. (motor roars) (motor roar gets quieter) I grew up in a village with 1500, maybe 2000 people. Everybody knew everybody,
and it was very safe. I lived here my whole life, and that’s where my grandpa
built this house, too. So that’s what it was. I know the kids, we were
playing outside all the time. Whether we played soccer,
tennis, basketball, you name it. We were just running around outside. See, that’s where my rink was, literally, this part right here. (birds chirp) Here, up to that shed and right here, so that’s how I learned. It was kind of cool. And what I remember is, go
to kindergarten or preschool, Come home, throw on my skates, and just go up and down, up and down and whoever came to visit us that day had to play with me and that was it. My biggest influence was my dad. He was also a hockey player. He played for the local team in Jesenice, and he was always my coach. I have some trophies over there, my younger kids. This is me and my brother’s room, (flips light switch)
that’s what it was. It’s pretty much the same. We changed furniture about
halfway through our childhood, but, that’s it. – [Robitaille] You know, when you go back to his country and you see him, and you meet his mom and dad. He wants to be just one of the guys. He’s got really good parents,
and they’re making sure he understands that
all he has is a talent. He’s very lucky to be
a good hockey player, but the rest he’s just a normal
person like every one of us. And he wants to be that kind of person. He doesn’t think he’s bigger than anyone just because he’s a good hockey player. Even though he’s very quiet,
and he wants to spend time with his family, that’s important to him. – I still think they’re obviously too young to realize what
this place means to us, and hopefully in the near future they can kind of get a grasp on it. I’ve been in L.A. for
thirteen years now, so, I certainly… can call L.A. home too. And I think we kind of take out of both cities or both countries, kind of like the best things, and just kind of, mash it up together so we can get the best of both worlds. Tomáš and I started this
camp four years ago. He’s one of the best hockey players in the history of our country. He’s a very good friend of mine. It’s just been very easy for me to partner up with him to
run this hockey academy. – I’ve known Anže since he was young, like he was asking me for the ice hockey
stick when he was young. When he began hockey
we became friends too, and when I get tired, it was a goal that I wanna
stay in the hockey somehow, and Anže offered me if you
can tell it came together. (ice skating) – [Anže] We have three
different age groups, and they all have
practices in the morning. We make sure that one
of us is always present with kids and spending time with them. Just giving them the
attention that they deserve. Start over here. Start over here. Perfect. Go! Go! It sounds cliche-ish, but you just wanna give back something, to have them… see what it takes, really, even sometimes when it’s
vacation time in July. You know, you still have to
kind of work and get ready. But it’s all great fun to me too. In the end of the day when you see a kid smile
and be happy on the ice, and it really gives me and everybody else around
me energy just to see them, and in some ways they bring
me back to my childhood. You know, when you’re a
kid you don’t realize, you just play, and it’s the
best thing in the world. Whoops! And I hope I’m kind of the guy
they look up to, obviously. You try to steer them or guide them on the right path, on
how it needs to be done. (Anže cheers) Hopefully in the end of
the day in I don’t know, a few years, two, three, five, 10 years, hopefully there’ll be a few
more Slovenian kids that, you know, get drafted first and hopefully at some point they can play in the NHL. (audience cheering) – Our game is all about team, you can’t have success in
hockey by being an individual. And when you’re the captain that kind of leads the entire group, it is a big honor. It is something that’s a lot
bigger than the game itself. – I’ve had a bunch of really really good captains before me, and I was fortunate enough to play under Rob Blake’s leadership and Brownie was the one that was my captain when we first won, and Blakie and Brownie
are not the loudest, you know, guys in this world, so, maybe that’s why
I am a little bit more of a quiet leader just because, you kind of take on what
you’re exposed with. – He’s gonna have to become more of a teacher. He’s 30, a lot of the
kids are gonna come in, they’re gonna be 18, 19,
20, and 21 years old so, he’s gotta make sure that
he’s the guy they can lean on when they’re struggling. – [Anze] Take the middle, take the middle Grundy. – If Kopi’s here early, if he’s in the gym everyday, and he’s doing the extra stuff,
and he’s watching video and, when there’s power play, penalty kill or even strength meetings,
he’s in those meetings, he’s in there first, and
he’s asking questions. Those kids will learn and they’ll watch him, and that’s how they’re gonna develop. – [Anže] Being the captain, all the young kids are looking up to you. It’s tough after a tough
loss to have a good attitude, but you gotta put that right aside and make sure the team sees you in the light that they need to see you and not pouting “so-called” because what happened in the past. – [Blake] The word leader is probably the most important thing, and there’s no manual, you know, I’ve seen they’ve tried it before, they tried to put together booklets, and they’ve tried to
put leadership manuals and say “read this and
you’ll become a leader.” Well, it doesn’t happen that way, it’s by your actions, and soon as he cuts a
corner or takes a shortcut, then somebody underneath him
says “I can do that too.” [Robitaille] I think if you’re
a professional hockey player, you’re very fortunate to live your dream. If you’re lucky, you’re
gonna play 15 years. When you think about it, it is only 10 to 15 years of your life, so, for me the way I look at
it is you should be willing to do whatever it takes to
get ready for the next season. If you’re not ready to do that, you can go play in the NHL,
but probably for another team. They should wanna get
better for the next season, because next thing you know, it’s over. – We almost finished dead-last last year. If that’s not motivating enough
to pull our stuff together to make sure that we
come out a lot stronger than we did last year,
I don’t know what is. (quick feet on track)
(heavy breathing) Over the past ten years, we’ve worked really hard
to create a culture. When you have a strong culture then that’s the best way of showing those young kids what it takes. – It’s his team, and that’s a challenge. And there’s gonna be ups and downs. It’s not gonna be fun, and its not gonna be smooth all the time, but he has to be there every
single day leading them. – I want to win another Stanley Cup, that’s what it is, that’s
what we all play for. I’ve been fortunate
enough to get nominated for Hart Trophy, and won
a few Selke Trophies, but, let me tell you for a fact that nothing compares to the big trophy. That’s the one and only goal in my mind, to win another Stanley cup.

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19 thoughts on “Kopitar’s Home | Black & White

  • August 15, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    i wonder if any other nhl teams have this series on their youtube channels

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    go kings go

  • August 15, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Go kings go go kings go

  • August 15, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Slovenia is so gorgeous. It would easily be my Happy Gilmore Happy Place if I was from there. Kopitar is such a warm and wonderful person. He's a great role model for his country and really everyone that loves hockey.

  • August 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Kings for ever

  • August 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Brown is my captain.

  • August 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

    in australia we don't have the seal safety aids – we have Kangaroos…

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Kopi is a mf g! 👑💯

  • August 17, 2019 at 4:44 am

    If you read between the lines of what Luc really meant – Management will overhaul this roster 2 seasons from now whether we as fans like it or not especially if this coming season is again a epic failure. In the event we get the overall # 1 aka Lafreniere, I'd rather trade him now for more high draft picks and/or young up and coming sought after new players to accelerate the rebuilding process, but that's just my opinion.

  • August 17, 2019 at 7:16 am

    big rebound year for kopitar coming

  • August 17, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Kopi is looking fast and lean. I have a feeling he is going come out the gate on fire. I hope everyone else is doing the same.

  • August 17, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    Never stop believing in the Kings…Go Kings Go!!!!!

  • August 19, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Hockey KING 👑

  • August 19, 2019 at 7:11 am

    oh captain, my captain

  • August 19, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Luc basically just put Kopi on notice…better man up this season, put in the work, and be a Captain or you can loaf on another team.


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