Brooks Orpik Scores His First Goal in 182 Regular Season Games

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Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has never been known for his offensive abilities in his career (as evidenced by his 17 career goals in nearly 1,000 games. However, during the Capitals’ Thursday night matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Orpik scored his first regular season goal in over two years. 

Orpik’s 17th career goal was his first in 182 regular season games (he scored a goal during the Caps’ Stanley Cup run this past summer), since February 26, 2016 in a game against the Minnesota Wild. The goal was also his first-ever against his former team (he spent 13 seasons in Pittsburgh prior to signing with the Capitals in 2014).

Orpik was traded to the Colorado Avalanche at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, as part of the Philipp Grubauer trade, and re-signed on a one-year deal after being bought out by the Avalanche. Orpik recorded one assist in the Capitals’ Opening Night win against the Boston Bruins.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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