Matjaž Kopitar

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Matjaž Kopitar
Born (1965-11-06) November 6, 1965 (age 48)
Jesenice, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Played for HK Acroni Jesenice
HK MK Bled
HK Maribor
Klagenfurt AC
National team  Yugoslavia 
Playing career 1983–2003

Matjaž Kopitar (born November 6, 1965 in Jesenice, Slovenia)[1] is a retired Slovenian professional ice hockey player. He is the father of the ice hockey players, Gašper, and Anže Kopitar. He is the current coach of Slovenia national ice hockey team.

Playing career[edit]

Kopitar began his career with HK Acroni Jesenice in 1983, and played eleven seasons with the club. He played two seasons with HK MK Bled, and Klagenfurt AC. He finished his career with HK Maribor in 2003. Kopitar represented Yugoslavia and Slovenia in international competitions.

Coaching career[edit]

He coached HK Acroni Jesenice in the 2006-07 season and is the current coach of the Slovenia men's national ice hockey team. He coached the national team at the 2011 World Championships and at the 2012 Div I A World Championship where Slovenia won first place.


  1. ^ (English) Career profile on