Capitals Honor Brooks Orpik Prior to Game Against the New York Islanders

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On a night in which the Capitals welcomed back Stanley Cup-winning bench boss Barry Trotz with a video tribute during the first period of Friday night’s game against the New York Islanders, the team also honored defenseman Brooks Orpik before the game for playing in his 1,000th game against the St. Louis Blues several days ago.

The team honored the veteran blueliner with a four-minute video tribute, which featured videos of congratulations by former Pittsburgh Penguins (with whom Orpik played 11 seasons) teammates Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Deryk Engelland (the latter two now with the Vegas Golden Knights), Orpik’s college Head Coach Jerry Brown, Trotz, Capitals Head Coach Todd Reirden, several of his current teammates, former Capitals teammate Jay Beagle, and his two daughters, Harlow and Brooklyn, among others.

The Capitals also presented Orpik with a trip to a resort in Canyon Point, Utah, courtesy of his teammates, and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Team President Dick Patrick presented Orpik with a silver stick and Tiffany Crystal.

Orpik is playing in his 299th career game with the Caps, and has recorded four goals and 56 points (with two periods left to play in the game against New York), while providing a strong, stay-at-home presence the team had desperately needed for some time prior to his arrival.

The full ceremony:

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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