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Kings' Anze Kopitar says he is honored by All-Star selection

January 11, 2011 |  7:05 pm

Watching the above highlight reel from this season, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Kings center Anze Kopitar was named an All-Star this morning.

Kopitar has played a leading role in helping the Kings transform from Western Conference write-offs to playoff contenders, and he's excited to get another chance to play alongside some of the NHL's best.

"It's definitely an honor being selected to the group of players that is going to be there," Kopitar told "You don't really have to explain it. You just have to look at the guys who are on the roster. It's a big honor for me and I'm going to have some fun there."

And while Kopitar probably will not relax as much as Alexander Ovechkin did in 2009, the Slovenian star plans to savor his time as an All-Star.

"This time around, I think I'm going to enjoy it a little more than I did the first time," Kopitar said. "Obviously I enjoyed it the first time too, but I really want to soak it in as much as I can, because you never know when it's going to happen again. You just want to make the most of it."

The NHL All-Star Game takes place Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.

-- Austin Knoblauch