Orpik, making his Olympic debut, is one of four players on Team USA who have won the Stanley Cup. He has appeared in each of the last two Stanley Cup Finals with Pittsburgh, losing to Detroit in 2008 and then beating the Red Wings in 2009.
Appeared in seven games representing the United States at the 2006 World Championship.
Born seven months after the United States’ "Miracle on Ice" at the 1980 Olympics, his parents named him Brooks after the legendary Olympic coach, Herb Brooks. On the 30th anniversary of Herb Brooks leading the Americans to stunning victory, Oprik is now an Olympian himself.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk