Brooks Orpik

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Brooks Orpik
2012-01-20 Brooks Orpik.JPG
Born (1980-09-26) September 26, 1980 (age 34)
San Francisco, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Washington Capitals
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 an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Early life/collegiate 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 after Team USA Olympic Head Coach Herb Brooks.[2] Orpik grew up in Amherst, New York, and attended the Nichols School in Buffalo and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts.[3] He played three seasons for Boston College, winning the Hockey East post-season championship in 1999 and 2001, as well as the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001.

Professional[edit]

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 season. He made his NHL debut during the 2002–03 season, playing in six games and recording no points. After earning a permanent roster spot on the team the next year, Orpik played in 79 games, registering one goal, nine assists and 127 penalty minutes.

Orpik signed a six-year, $22.5 million contract extension in the summer of 2008 with the Penguins.[4] In October 2008, he was named an alternate captain (interim while Sergei Gonchar was injured) of the Penguins, along with Evgeni Malkin, behind captain Sidney Crosby.

On June 12, 2009, Orpik and the Penguins became Stanley Cup champions by defeating the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.[5]

On December 17, 2011, Orpik recorded his 100th career point by earning an assist on Evgeni Malkin's goal on Ryan Miller at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.[6]

On May 11, 2013, Orpik scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 6 to eliminate the New York Islanders and advance Pittsburgh to the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs; it was his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal.

On December 7, 2013, Orpik hit Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson, resulting in a concussion to the latter. Shawn Thornton took exception to the hit, and followed by slew-footing Orpik. After Orpik fell on his back due to the slew-foot, Thornton delivered a series of punches to Orpik, concussing him. Thornton was suspended for 15 games for the incident. [7]

On July 1, 2014, the Washington Capitals signed Orpik to a five-year, $27.5 million deal as an unrestricted free agent.[8]

International play[edit]

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

In 1999, Orpik competed for the United States in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Stockholm.[9]

In 2009, Orpik was invited to the USA Hockey orientation camp, from August 17 to 19, in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[10] Orpik was ultimately selected to Team USA for the Olympic squad, which finished with a silver medal finish behind Canada.[11]

Awards[edit]

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

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[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
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 2 11 13 46 5 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Washington Capitals NHL 78 0 19 19 66 14 0 2 2 8
NHL totals 781 13 138 151 800 106 2 15 17 96

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 United States WJC 4th 7 1 1 2 6
2006 United States WC 7th 7 0 0 0 10
2010 United States Oly 2nd 6 0 0 0 0
2014 United States Oly 4th 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 7 1 1 2 6
Senior totals 19 0 0 0 12

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. ^ "Orpik's OT goal sends Penguins to 2nd round - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. May 11, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Capitals add two Penguins defencemen in free agency". Washington Post. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Loses Leads and Settles for Tie". New York Times. December 27, 1999. 
  10. ^ "U.S. orientation camp roster - olyhockey - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. June 30, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

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