* There aren’t many hockey players in Slovenia but the ones who do come from the small European country are gifted, gutsy and glamorous.

* More and more — in every way — I’ve come to admire Anze Kopitar.

* When you think about, Kopitar was as much responsible for the Kings Stanley Cup win  as Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty; not to mention the refereeing!

* The injury to Albany’s top goalie Keith Kinkaid meant the happy return of Johan (Moose) Hedberg. Also means that any plans to deal Martin Brodeur might have to be put on hold; assuming that Lou Lamoriello would ever part with Mister Goalie.

* Everyone in Sochi has his and hear eyes on the Gold while every one of the 30 NHL general managers has his eyes on the Olympic injury reports.

* So far the American Olympian most impress to me is Phil Kessel; and least impressive is the captain Zach Parise.

* I just started reading D’Arcy Jenish’s book, THE NHL — A CENTENNIAL HISTORY. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in big-league hockey.

* Never in more than a half-century following the game have I ever read a better-researched, better-written book than Jenish’s work.

* By the way, its sub-title tells you a lot more: 100 YEARS OF ON-ICE ACTION & BOARDROOM BATTLES.

* Even better is the sub-sub title: HOW ON EARTH HAS THE NHL SURVIVED?

* Whether the Czechs win a medal or not, there certainly should be one for Jaromir Jagr as the best veteran in Olympic Hockey.

* What concerns me big-time is Patrik Elias being out of the Czech lineup for reasons I have not fully determined. But sounds like some injury.

* Chemistry or lack of it; that’s the big issue for Team Canada and the Russians.

* Teams to watch once NHL play resumes: 1. Toronto; a possible strong run; 2. Vancouver; Torts had better straight out his Canucks; or who knows what will happen; 3. Rangers also are in position to rise with the Maple Leafs.