Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik is scheduled to play in his 1,000th career NHL game tonight against the St. Louis Blues. Orpik will become the 330th all-time player, 114th defenseman and 22nd active player to play in 1,000 NHL games.
The Capitals will hold a pre-game ceremony on Friday, Jan.18, prior to hosting the New York Islanders to honor the milestone. During the ceremony, Orpik will receive a special gift from the organization, the National Hockey League and his teammates. Capitals President Dick Patrick will join Orpik's wife, Erin, on the ice to honor Orpik.