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After 15 Seasons, Former Penguin Brooks Orpik Is Hanging Up His Skates

The defenseman won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh and Washington

June 25, 2019 - 10:49 am

WASHINGTON (93.7 The Fan) - After 15 season in the NHL, Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has announced his retirement from the NHL

Orpik spent his first 10 seasons in Pittsburgh and was a key part of the Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup Championship.

He signed a 5-year deal with Washington after becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and won another with Washington last season.

Orpik played in 1,035 total games (703 with Pittsburgh) with 18 goals, 176 assists and was a career plus 79.

Orpik told the Capitals website, "I've been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new," said Orpik. "I'm excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on. Thank you to the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for giving me the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world. I'll be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me."

The six-foot-three, 217 pound Orpik turns 39 this September.