September 26, 1980 |
San Francisco, CA, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|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 and finished his professional career with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.
Orpik, born in San Francisco a few months after the U.S. "Miracle on Ice" win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980, was named for USA Olympics coach Herb Brooks. He grew up in Amherst, New York and attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. He played three seasons for Boston College, winning the Hockey East postseason 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, his first career playoff goal.
On December 7, 2013, Orpik hit Boston forward Loui Eriksson resulting in a concussion. Shawn Thornton took exception to the hit and slew-footed Orpik. After Orpik fell on his back due to the slew-foot, punches to the head were delivered by Thornton to Orpik, also resulting in a concussion. Thornton was suspended for 15 games for the incident. 
|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.
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- Post (May 11, 2013). "Orpik's OT goal sends Penguins to 2nd round - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
- "U.S. Loses Leads and Settles for Tie". New York Times. December 27, 1999.
- "U.S. orientation camp roster - olyhockey - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. June 30, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
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|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