Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik played college hockey at Boston College, where he would lead the Eagles to an NCAA Championship in 2001.  Orpik was drafted the year before by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 18th Overall Pick, and late in 2002-03, he was a fixture on the main roster.

The native of San Francisco was an anchor on the defense, blocking shots and playing a very physical game, and he was a leader on not just the blueline but in the locker room.  He would help the Penguins win the 2009 Stanley Cup and stayed in Pittsburgh until 2014.  Orpik would join the Washington Capitals, and provide them the same role for a half-decade, helping them win their first Stanley Cup in 2018.  Internationally, he won a Silver Medal in 2014 for Team U.S.A. in the Olympics.

Orpik was not much of a scorer (152 Points in 1,035 Games), but he was paid to stop scorers, which was what he did well.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2022
  • Position: Defence
  • Played For: Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team U.S.A. (2010 & 2014 Olympics, 2006 World Hockey Championship
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Rings (2) (Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 & Washington Capitals 2018)

    Olympic Silver Medal (1) (U.S.A. 2014)

Should Brooks Orpik be in the Hall of Fame?

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