American Brooks Orpik, a highly physical and very capable defensive defenseman with not much offensive acumen, is the senior member of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, having called The Steel City home since the 2002-03 season. During this time, he won a silver member playing for the U.S. at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.
- Won an Olympic silver medal in 2010.
- Won a Stanley Cup in 2009 and played in the Stanley Cup Final in 2008.
- Played three seasons with Boston College from 1998-2001, winning an NCAA national championship in 2001.
- Represented the U.S. at the 1999 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. Born seven months after the 1980 "Miracle on Ice", he was named "Brooks" in tribute to 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks.
2. Was born in San Francisco, but spent part of his childhood in the Buffalo, NY area, before his family settled in the Boston, MA area, where he currently makes his offseason home.
3. Has a younger brother, Andrew, who played professional hockey, most notably making it up to the Pittsburgh Penguins' top minor-league affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.