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Brooks Orpik | Defenseman

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/26/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 219
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Brooks Orpik's first season with the Washington Capitals went very well.
Orpik led the team in hits (306) and blocks (192) while averaging 21:47 minutes per contest. He's not known for his offensive work, but he also recorded a respectable 19 assists in 78 games. "Talk about one of the guys who had as big an impact of any player that we added to our locker room, he had a tremendous impact on our team, and he'll continue to do that," coach Barry Trotz said. Orpik will celebrate his 35th birthday in September, so age is a growing concern for the physical blueliner. May 19 - 2:56 PM

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Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik delivered a somewhat questionable hit on New York Rangers winger James Sheppard in Game 2.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News took issue with the check, for one. There was no penalty on the play, but keep an eye out in case the Department of Player Safety takes a look at it (which is unlikely).
May 2 - 2:23 PM

Brooks Orpik appears to be set to return Thursday versus the Minnesota Wild.

Coach Barry Trotz said that Orpik is ready to play and the defenseman stated that he felt good after the morning skate. Trotz said that Orpik's ice time would be monitored throughout the contest.
Mar 19 - 4:46 PM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) practiced on Wednesday.

He will travel with the Capitals to Minnesota for Thursday's contest and his status will be determined in the morning. "He's getting a little closer," coach Barry Trotz said. "We're going to be sure with him." Orpik has missed the last four games with a lower-body injury.
Mar 18 - 4:44 PM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) skated on his own Saturday.

Orpik is doubtful for Sunday's game. Just an FYI in case you have him.
Mar 15 - 11:26 AM

Brooks Orpik (lower body injury) will not be able to dress in Wednesday’s matchup with the Rangers.

Orpik was hurt during practice Tuesday morning and will be held out of the Capitals lineup Wednesday night. The veteran defenseman will miss his first game of the season and has been a big reason for the Capitals solid play this season. He has 16 assists and a plus two rating on the year. Cameron Schilling will dress in his place.
Mar 11 - 7:48 PM

Brooks Orpik (lower body) will be a game-time decision Wednesday, but he appears to be doubtful.

He exited Tuesday's practice early with a lower-body injury and did not take part in Wednesday's session.
Mar 11 - 4:29 PM

Brooks Orpik left Tuesday's practice due to a lower-body injury.

It's not clear if Orpik will be available on Wednesday, but the timing is particularly unfortunate given that fellow defenseman Mike Green (upper body) is also questionable. Nate Schmidt has been summoned on an emergency basis to help fill the potential void.
Mar 10 - 12:05 PM

Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz describes defenseman Brooks Orpik as "a little bit hurt, but not not injured."

Orpik was able to play in the 2015 Winter Classic despite being banged up. Orpik has eight assists and 32 SOG, but his value is best illustrated in grit stats, as he has 34 PIM and 141 hits so far in 2014-15.
Jan 3 - 1:24 PM

Brooks Orpik returned to action on Thursday January 1.

He was able to play in his fourth outdoor game Thursday afternoon in the Winter Classic. Orpik logged 24:44 of ice time against Chicago, while being credited with three hits and three blocks.
Jan 2 - 1:54 AM

Brooks Orpik (knee) will participate in the Capitals' warmup before the Winter Classic.

Orpik didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, so it would be surprising if he ends up playing in the game. That being said, Washington isn't ready to rule him out at this time.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 03:15:00 PM

Brooks Orpik (knee) didn't attend Wednesday's practice.

Orpik was already regarded as a long shot to play in the Winter Classic and this pretty much seals it. He sustained the injury during the third period of Monday's contest. This might lead to Nate Schmidt playing instead.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 12:27:00 PM

Brooks Orpik (knee) probably won't be available for the Winter Classic.

Orpik will undergo treatment over the next couple days to see how his knee responds. He's a veteran of three NHL outdoor games, so he would be of particular help to Washington on Thursday if he's available. If he can't play then Nate Schmidt will probably dress instead.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 01:22:00 PM

Brooks Orpik needed to be helped off the ice in the third period of Monday's game.

Orpik appeared to sustain a knee injury. Capitals coach Barry Trotz said that the injury isn't "as bad as it looked," but there was no immediate projected timetable for his return. Consequently, we advise considering Orpik day-to-day for now.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen will return to Pittsburgh for the first time since leaving the Penguins as UFA's in the off-season.

Both blueliners have played well defensively for the Capitals with Orpik leading Washington in hits with 127 and blocked shots with 91. Orpik has chipped in with 32 penalty minutes and seven assists as well as a plus-five rating for the Capitals this season.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Joel Ward
4Curtis Glencross
5Jason Chimera
RW1Troy Brouwer
2Eric Fehr
3Tom Wilson
4Jay Beagle
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Tim Gleason
7Nate Schmidt
8Dmitry Orlov
9John Erskine
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters