Capitals’ Pending Free Agent Defenseman Brooks Orpik Helps Fans Tidy Fort DuPont Ice Arena

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After conducting their exit interviews following their first round playoff exit in April, many of the Capitals’ players and staff have returned home or are enjoying vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the DMV. Pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Brooks Orpik. however, is still in the area and while his future with the Caps and as a player (he’s 38) remains uncertain, the veteran blueliner spent the first day of June helping fans, team Spirit Squad members, and mascot Slapshot do some maintenance of Fort DuPont Ice Arena in D.C.

Among the many tasks Orpik and Co. were required to do was to help repaint the parking line parking lines and other markers, pull weeds, clean mats and rink glass and boards among other maintenance duties to help improve the looks of Fort DuPont Ice Arena, which is accepting donations to conduct needed renovations, an effort the Capitals are helping with.

One of the task Orpik was entrusted with was the repainting of the parking lot lines and pavement markers:

Orpik also helped clean mats, glass, and the rink boards:

Orpik, 38, recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 53 games played in 2018-19, his fifth with the Capitals. With some salary cap constraints and several young defensemen set to play bigger roles next season, it is unknown and looks unlikely the veteran rearguard will return to the Caps. Orpik was noncommittal in his exit interview on his playing status with the Capitals or with any team next season.

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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1 Response to Capitals’ Pending Free Agent Defenseman Brooks Orpik Helps Fans Tidy Fort DuPont Ice Arena

  1. Pingback: Thank You Batya! A Tribute to Brooks Orpik | NoVa Caps

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