After 15 seasons, defenseman Brooks Orpik has announced his retirement from the NHL.
The steady defenseman was a well respected teammate and leader for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. The 38 year old totaled 194 points over 1,035 regular-season games. He raised the Stanley Cup twice, once as a Penguin in 2009 and as a Capital in 2018.
Orpik was brought in as a free agent in 2014, and was considered a culture changing presence. He played 332 games for the Capitals and wore the “A” as an alternate captain. His bruising style of play suited for the playoffs helped the Capitals win the Stanley Cup.
The 2018 Washington Capitals team will forever be remembered, Brooks Orpik was instrumental in the Capitals winning the Cup. Who knows if the Capitals would have won the Cup without Brooks Orpik. We will never know but as Capitals fans he will always have a special place in our hearts.
Thank you, Brooks Orpik!