Former Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik graduated from Boston College earlier this week.
The Capitals’ Dr. Aimee Kimball extended congratulations to Orpik via her Twitter account on Tuesday.
It is no small feat for an accomplished @NHL player to return to school to finish a degree. Congrats to @Capitals Brooks Orpik for continuing to be a role model and leader and demonstrating the importance of committing to long term goals. @NHLPA @NHLAlumni #PlayerDevelopment https://t.co/O7LpE0uFa6
— Aimee Kimball (@AimeeKimball) May 24, 2022
Since retiring following the 2018-19 NHL season, the 40-year-old works with young defenseman that are on the AHL’s Hershey Bears on a regular basis and as an assistant coach for Boston College.
After retiring, Orpik needed around 12 more credits to finish his college degree.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion (2009, 2018) announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 15 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington.
Orpik was selected by the Penguins 18th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft. The San Francisco native registered 132 points (13 goals) in 703 career games with the Pittsburgh and 62 points (five goals) in 332 career games with Washington.
In international competition, Orpik competed for the United States in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2010.
By Harrison Brown