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Richard Brooks Orpik (born September 26, 1980) is an Americanmarker professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). His brother, Andrew, is in the Buffalo Sabres organization.

Playing career

Orpik attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, NYmarker and Thayer Academymarker in Braintree, Massachusettsmarker. He played three seasons for Boston Collegemarker, winning the Hockey East post-season championship in 1999 and 2001, and the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001.

He was the first round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins, 18th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Orpik began playing professionally with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2001–02 AHL season. He made his NHL debut during the 2002–03 season, playing in 6 games, but recording no points. After earning a permanent roster spot on the team next year, Orpik contributed in 79 games, tallying 1 goal, 9 assists, and 127 penalty minutes.

Orpik signed a six-year contract in the summer of 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $22.5 million. In October 2008, he was named an alternate captain (interim while Sergei Gonchar was injured) of the Penguins along with Evgeni Malkin behind Sidney Crosby.

On June 12, 2009, Orpik and the Pittsburgh Penguins became Stanley Cup champions by defeating the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.

Later in 2009 he was invited to the U.S. Hockey orientation camp (Aug. 17-19), for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouvermarker. He is considered to be a front-runner among defensemen for making the final roster, which is to be announced January 1, 2010.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Boston Collegemarker NCAA 41 1 10 11 96
1999–2000 Boston College NCAA 38 1 9 10 104
2000–01 Boston College NCAA 40 0 20 20 124
2001–02 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 78 2 18 20 99
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 71 4 14 18 105 6 0 0 0 14
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 1 9 10 127
2003–04 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 0 0 2 24 0 4 4 5
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 2 7 9 124
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 70 0 6 6 82 5 0 0 0 8
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 1 10 11 57 20 0 2 2 18
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 2 17 19 73 24 0 4 4 22
NHL totals 376 6 49 55 465 49 0 6 6 48


References

  1. http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2008030417
  2. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olyhockey/news/story?id=4296975
  3. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=479986
  4. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=504640


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