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Home Town of NHL Star Kopitar Pulls Plug on Stanley Cup Screening

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The home town of National Hockey League (NHL) star An┼że Kopitar announced Friday it was pulling the plug on an outdoor screening of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday due to overwhelming interest.

Home to around 1,800 people, the village was set to be the site of an outdoor screening of game five in which Kopitar's Los Angeles Kings will have their second shot at closing out the series against the New Jersey Devils.

But a massive turnout for game four on Wednesday and announcement of an even bigger crowd for game five prompted the organisers to cancel the event.

A crowd of over 1,200 fans and reporters turned out to watch game four, in which the Kings failed to sweep the series to win their first Stanley Cup.

Chatter on various forums around the country suggested the turnout on Saturday would be even bigger - possibly much bigger.

Citing safety concerns, the local cultural and sports association announced the screening in the local park would not go ahead.

Slovenia's best hockey player has gained cult status in Slovenia after leading the Kings, who sneaked into the playoffs as the eight-seeded team in the Western Conference, to the Stanley Cup final.

Kopitar's efforts have not gone unnoticed in the US, where he has won wide praise for being one of the best players on the Kings team in the past season and an engine of their dream run in the playoffs.

While being known for shunning the limelight, Kopitar has been in the forefront of the Kings offense, scoring 18 points in the playoffs, to rank only behind the Devils' Russian star Ilya Kovalchuk.
 

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