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Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik
Defenseman
(OHR-pihk, BRUKS)
Number: 44
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 219
Shoots: Left
Born: Sep 26, 1980  (Age 34)
Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, United States
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Drafted: PIT / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (18th overall)
Rugged, responsible defensive defenseman is team’s top penalty killing blueliner. Physically imposing presence regularly ranks among NHL’s top hitters.

Nickname - “Brooksy”

Played 7-plus NHL seasons, all with Pittsburgh.

Team leader wears an “A” on his sweater as an alternate captain.

Defensive anchor of Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup championship team.

Has won a Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh, 2009), Olympic silver medal (Team USA, 2010) and NCAA national title (Boston College, 2001).

Won 2010-11 Penguins Defensive Player of the Year Award and Player’s Player Award, given to the player that exemplifies leadership on and off ice and is dedicated to teamwork. He also won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2009-10.

As a rookie in 2003-04, he won the Baz Bastien Good Guy Award, given to the player who the local media acknowledges for his cooperation throughout the year.

Was a valuable member of the NHL’s No. 1-ranked penalty killing unit in 2010-11 — ranking 2nd on the team with an average of 3:44 shorthanded minutes per game.

Became the 3rd defenseman in franchise history to appear in 500 career games Feb. 11, 2011 at NY Islanders.

Has recorded over 200 hits in 5 of his last 7 seasons.

Named to Eastern Conference Young Guns team at 2004 All-Star Game.

Made NHL/Penguins debut on Dec. 10, 2002 at Toronto. Became NHL regular in 2003-04 season, playing in 74 games.

Earned silver medal with Team USA at 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Also represented Team USA at the World Championships (2006) and World Junior Championships (2000).

Played 3 seasons at Boston College from 1998-01, helping the Eagles win the NCAA Division I national championship in 2001.

Spent a majority of his childhood growing up in Buffalo, NY.

Signed through 2013-14 season.
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