Yesterday we brought you a one-on-one chat with the other Kopitar, Gasper.
Five years younger than Kings’ star center Anze, Gasper is currently playing in the USHL and living the dream, as they say.
He’s biding his time and honing his skills, just waiting for the possible chance to someday play in the NHL. However, at times, the conversation read more like one with a scout than a player – as he weighed in on a myriad of Kings prospects, including Brayden Schenn and Jordan Weal.
Gasper also never appeared shy with his feelings or opinions…and went so far as to say that, sure, his older brother gives him advice on how to become a better player – but, that he returns the favor by advising Anze on how to play better.
Is this possible? Plausible? Pretend? Or just preposterous?
Here’s how big brother responded to little brother’s claims…
“Well, he was a great partner this past summer” Anze said. “We were working out together, skating together back home. So, he was a great partner. He’s getting bigger. He’s getting a lot stronger too. Soon, I’m going to have my hands full, even though he’s five years younger. He’s definitely matured a lot. He’s definitely… again, challenged me to work even harder because if he works harder, I still want to beat him at every thing. So, it made me work harder and it was fun times.”
As noted in Gasper’s interview, he and the Des Moines Buccaneers have six games left in their regular season and are trying desperately to qualify for post season action. Only two spots remain unclaimed in their conference.
Once that plays itself out, should Anze need some help this off season while recuperating from his ankle injury, little brother Gasper is just a phone call away and he’d be happy to push him along.