Matjaz Kopitar is a familiar sight around the Kings’ practice rink in El Segundo, usually watching proudly from upstairs while his son, Anze, hones the skills that have made the younger Kopitar one of the NHL’s top centers.

Matjaz was around a rink on Wednesday, but he was thousands of miles away from Southern California. And he was on the ice instead of watching as he prepared to coach Team Slovenia in its Olympic hockey debut.

“It’s a little different,” he said, smiling.

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