September 26, 1980 |
San Francisco, CA, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
|NHL team||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||18th overall, 2000
Richard Brooks Orpik (born September 26, 1980) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, and is currently an alternate captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). His brother, Andrew, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres organization and is also currently in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. Orpik grew up in Amherst, New York.
Orpik attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. He played three seasons for Boston College, winning the Hockey East post-season championship in 1999 and 2001, and the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001.
Orpik was drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He began his professional career with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2001–02 AHL season. He made his NHL debut during the 2002–03 season, playing in 6 games and recording no points. After earning a permanent roster spot on the team next year, Orpik played in 79 games, registering 1 goal, 9 assists, and 127 penalty minutes.
Orpik signed a six-year contract in the summer of 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $22.5 million. In October 2008, he was named an alternate captain (interim while Sergei Gonchar was injured) of the Penguins along with Evgeni Malkin behind Sidney Crosby.
On December 17, 2011, Orpik recorded his 100th career point by earning an assist on Evgeni Malkin's goal on Ryan Miller at Pittsburgh's own CONSOL Energy Center.
On May 11, 2013, Brooks Orpik scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders and advance the Pittsburgh Penguins to the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That was Orpik's first career playoff goal. On December 7th 2013, Brooks Orpik hit Loui Eriksson and Eriksson suffered a concussion. Shawn Thornton took exception for that, trying to punch him in the first place but ended up in the penalty box for 2 minutes for instigating. Later, Thornton punched Orpik, who was just standing in front of the net. Orpik was punched hard on the neck twice. Orpik was resulted a nasty concussion, but he returned on December 26th, at Carolina. Thornton said that he was trying to protect his teammates, but people around the hockey world criticize Thornton went a little too far. Thornton received a match penalty and a 15 game suspension. 
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
In 1999, Orpik competed in the World Junior Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2009, Orpik was invited to the U.S. Hockey orientation camp (Aug. 17-19), for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Orpik represented the United States of America at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Team USA earned a silver medal.
- "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League.
- "Boston College player profile". Retrieved 2008-04-02.
- Cook, Ron (2008-10-10). "Orpik-Therrien relationship takes strange turns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "U.S. Loses Leads and Settles for Tie". New York Times. 27 December 1999.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brooks Orpik.|
- Brooks Orpik's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Brooks Orpik's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick