Brooks Orpik

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Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik 2012-02-25.JPG
Born (1980-09-26) September 26, 1980 (age 33)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Defenseman
Shoots Left
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  United States
NHL Draft 18th overall, 2000
Pittsburgh Penguins[1]
Playing career 2002–present

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.

Playing career[edit]

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.[2] He grew up in Amherst, New York and attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts.[3] 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.[4] 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 June 12, 2009, Orpik and the Pittsburgh Penguins became Stanley Cup champions by defeating the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.[5]

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.[6]

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. [7]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver

In 1999, Orpik competed in the World Junior Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.[8]

In 2009, Orpik was invited to the U.S. Hockey orientation camp (Aug. 17–19), for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[9] Orpik represented the United States of America at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Team USA earned a silver medal.[10]

Awards[edit]

Orpik receives the Penguins Defensive Player of the Year Award for 2009-10.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Boston College HE 41 1 10 11 96
1999–00 Boston College HE 38 1 9 10 104
2000–01 Boston College HE 40 0 20 20 124
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 78 2 18 20 99
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 71 4 14 18 105 6 0 0 0 14
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 1 9 10 127
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 0 0 2 24 0 4 4 5
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 2 7 9 124
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 0 6 6 82 5 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 1 10 11 57 20 0 2 2 18
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 2 17 19 73 24 0 4 4 22
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 2 23 25 64 13 0 2 2 12
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 1 12 13 66 7 0 3 3 14
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 73 2 16 18 61 6 0 0 0 4
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 0 8 8 32 12 1 1 2 10
NHL totals 631 11 108 118 688 87 1 12 13 88

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ ESPN.com
  3. ^ "Boston College player profile". Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  4. ^ Cook, Ron (October 10, 2008). "Orpik-Therrien relationship takes strange turns". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  5. ^ Final. "Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings - 06/12/2009". Nhl.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pens-Sabres In-Game Blog - Pittsburgh Penguins - Features". Penguins.nhl.com. December 17, 2011. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Post (May 11, 2013). "Orpik's OT goal sends Penguins to 2nd round - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Loses Leads and Settles for Tie". New York Times. December 27, 1999. 
  9. ^ "U.S. orientation camp roster - olyhockey - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. June 30, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Konstantin Koltsov
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
2000
Succeeded by
Colby Armstrong