Defenseman Brooks Orpik has played in the NHL for 15 years. He officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday and it came as a surprise.
Orpik is 38 years old and I thought he was going to come back for at least another season or two. Brooks Orpik was not washed up by any means and I am surprised that he decided to retire.
Orpik won two Stanley Cup titles and they were with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 and with the Washington Capitals in 2018.
He was a solid defenseman throughout his entire career and Brooks Orpik was a well respected defenseman across the league.
He was the 18th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his career, Orpik scored 18 goals and recorded 176 assists. His plus/minus was 79 and he played in 1,035 games in his NHL career.
He scored two goals and recorded seven assists in 53 games played last season with the Washington Capitals and his plus/minus was 9.
In seven postseason games, Brooks Orpik scored one goal and recorded one assist. His plus/minus was -1. In 53 career postseason games, he scored four goals and recorded 22 assists. His plus/minus was 12.
Orpik was an assistant captain with Washington last season and it will be interesting to see who the Capitals decide to give the other assistant captain title to this upcoming season.
John Carlson, T.J. Oshie, or Evgeny Kuznetsov are some of the possible candidates to potentially be the other assistant captain with Nicklas Backstrom next season now that Brooks Orpik has decided to retire from the NHL.