Richard Brooks Orpik (born September 26, 1980) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). Orpik has won the Stanley Cup twice: in 2009 with Pittsburgh and in 2018 with Washington.
Orpik with the Capitals in 2016
September 26, 1980|
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
|National team||United States|
18th overall, 2000|
Being the oldest player on the team during his final years in Washington, his Russian teammates fondly referred to him as "Batya" ("father" or "dad") and he was one of the most respected players amongst his Capitals teammates.
Orpik was born in San Francisco, California, a few months after the U.S. "Miracle on Ice" win over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, New York, in 1980. Due to this, he was named after American Olympic head coach Herb Brooks. Orpik (as well as his brother Andrew) grew up in Amherst, New York. Orpik attended the Nichols School in Buffalo and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts.
He is married to Erin Orpik, with whom he has two daughters.
Orpik played three seasons at Boston College for the Eagles ice hockey team, winning the Hockey East playoff championship in 1999 and 2001, as well as the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001. His younger brother Andrew was also a hockey player, playing for Boston College and having a brief minor league career.
Years with the PenguinsEdit
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.
On March 4, 2006, Orpik boarded Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole, fracturing a vertebra in Cole's neck. Orpik was suspended three games for the illegal hit. Cole did not return until Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.
In the summer of 2008, Orpik signed a new six-year, $22.5 million contract with the Penguins. 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. He was the first native of California to win the Stanley Cup.
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. While Orpik lay on the ice due to a confrontation with a Bruins player, Shawn Thornton delivered a punch that concussed Orpik; Thornton was suspended 15 games for the incident.
In Game 2 of Washington's 2016 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Orpik delivered an illegal and late hit to Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Määttä, making contact with Määttä's head. Orpik was suspended three games for the late hit and Määttä returned a few games later to finish, and help win, the series.
On April 23, 2018, during his fourth season with the Capitals, in 2017–18, Orpik was Washington's nomination for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as a player who best exemplifies leadership qualities and gives back to his community. In the 2018 playoffs, on May 30, 2018, Orpik scored the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights. It was also the first time Orpik had scored a goal since February 20, 2016. On June 7, 2018, Orpik and the Capitals went on to win the Stanley Cup against the Golden Knights in five games. This was the first Stanley Cup for the Capitals and the second finals victory for Orpik.
On June 22, 2018, less than three weeks after winning the Stanley Cup for the second time, and due to salary cap considerations, Orpik was traded by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche (alongside goaltender Philipp Grubauer) in exchange for Colorado's second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He was immediately informed by Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic that he would be moved to a preferred destination or bought-out from the remaining year of the five-year contract he had initially signed with Washington. He was placed on unconditional waivers the following day and on June 24, he was released to free agency. On July 24, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract to return to Washington.
Orpik scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 2 of Washington's opening round 2019 playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, giving the Capitals a 2–0 series lead. Despite this, the Capitals attempt at a Cup repeat would fall short as the Hurricanes went onto eliminate the Capitals in seven games.
On June 25, 2019, Orpik announced his retirement from professional hockey.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing the United States|
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. Orpik was ultimately selected to the American team, which finished with a silver medal finish behind Canada.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
Awards and honorsEdit
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2009|
|Stanley Cup (Washington Capitals)||2018|||
|Defensive Player of the Year||2010|
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- Brooks Orpik (May 11, 2018). ""Mama Lucia! Mama Lucia!"". The Players' Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- "Herb Brooks connection strong heading into gold medal game". ESPN. June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- "Boston College player profile". Archived from the original on June 17, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2008.
- Prewitt, Alex (March 24, 2015). "Brooks Orpik on becoming a father: 'We're ready for it'". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
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- Kreiser, John (May 11, 2018). "May 11: Blake caps NHL career with 11th championship". NHL.com. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- Podell, Ira (May 11, 2013). "Orpik's OT goal sends Penguins to 2nd round". Yahoo! News. Associated Press.
- "Capitals add 2 Penguins defensemen in free agency". The Washington Post. Associated Press. July 1, 2014. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Suspended Orpik admits hit on Maatta was a 'pretty bad mistake'". The Globe and Mail. Associated Press. May 2, 2016.
- Gulitti, Tom (May 9, 2016). "Capitals' Orpik happy for another chance". NHL.com.
- "NHL announces 31 team nominees for King Clancy Trophy". NHL.com. April 23, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "Brooks Orpik scored one of the unlikeliest game-winning goals in Cup Final history". NBC Sports. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
- Sadler, Emily (June 22, 2018). "Capitals trade Grubauer, Orpik to Avalanche for draft pick". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
- "Avalanche buy-out Brooks Orpik three days after acquiring him". ESPN. June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
- "Brooks Orpik is the overtime hero in Game 2, sends Caps to 2-0 series lead". NBC Sports. April 13, 2019. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
- "Brooks Orpik Announces Retirement After 15 NHL Seasons". NHL.com. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
- "U.S. Loses Leads and Settles for Tie". The New York Times. Associated Press. December 27, 1999.
- "U.S. orientation camp roster - olyhockey - ESPN". ESPN. June 30, 2009. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
- "2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team Announced". Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
- "The Washington Capitals, after years of frustration, win the Stanley Cup". The New York Times. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick