Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky is checked by a trainer in the first period of a men's ice hockey game against Slovenia at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Slovakia F Kopecky takes blow to head, leaves game

February 15, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky left an Olympic hockey game against Slovenia after getting hit in the head.

The two-time Olympian was standing near the opposing team's net in the first period Saturday when Slovenia defenseman Sabahudin Kovacevic landed his left elbow on Kopecky's head to clear him out of the way.

Kopecky was evaluated on the bench before going toward the dressing room. He did not return to the ice or his bench in the second period after he had four shifts in the first.

Slovakian coach Vladimir Vujtek said after a 3-1 loss to Slovenia that he didn't know yet if Kopecky would play Sunday against Russia.

Kopecky has 12 points in 49 games in his third season with the Florida Panthers. He has also played for Detroit and Chicago in parts of nine NHL seasons, scoring 66 goals and making 100 assists.

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