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Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik  #44

Washington Capitals  Defenseman
NUMBER: 44 BIRTHDATE: September 26, 1980  (AGE 35)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: San Francisco, CA, United States
WEIGHT: 221 DRAFTED: PIT / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (18th overall)
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.

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You could feel it. You could feel that they were going after each other and trying to win the game for their team.

— Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom on Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals, in which Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Penguins forward Sidney Crosby each scored hat tricks
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