WASHINGTON (KDKA) — After a decade and a half on the ice at the professional level, Brooks Orpik is calling it quits.
The two-time Stanley Cup Champion played for the Penguins and the Capitals, winning a cup with each organization (2009 and 2018.) The former Team USA Olympian won a silver medal with the program, while skating 1,035 regular-season NHL games.READ MORE: NFL Week 13 AFC East Preview: CBS Boston's Levan Reid Calls AFC East Title Fight A Battle Of 'Big Brother Vs Little Brother'
“Congratulations to Brooks Orpik, who after 1,035 regular-season NHL games, retires today a two-time #StanleyCup champion.”
“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.”READ MORE: Ringgold Teacher Accused Of Attacking Daughter At School
“Congratulations on your retirement, Brooksy!”
Orpik was taken 18th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft by the Penguins out of Boston College. He spent the first 10 seasons in Pittsburgh, then signed a five-year deal with Washington in the 2014 free agency period.MORE NEWS: SportsLine Week 13 AFC West Picks: 'Denver Designed Well To Stop What Kansas City Does,' Says Larry Hartstein
The 38-year old defenseman finishes his career with 18 goals, 176 assists for 194 points behind 768 shots. He also finishes with a +/- of 79 and 972 penalty minutes.