CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Former Boston College hockey star Brooks Orpik
, a standout defenseman for the 2009 champion Pittsburgh Penguins, drew hundreds of hockey fans to The Heights as he brought the Stanley Cup to Conte Forum's Shea Room to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Sunday, July 19, 2009.
Orpik arrived shortly after 11 a.m. He spent nearly two-and-a-half hours posing for photos and signing autographs for all those in attendance. It is estimated that nearly 400 fans attended the event.
Orpik is a six-year veteran of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in 79 games in 2008-09.
Prior to the start of his professional career, Orpik played three seasons (1998-2001) at Boston College, totaling 41 points - two goals and 39 assists - in 119 games. He helped BC win two Hockey East Tournament titles - 1998 and 2001 - and the 2001 national championship.
Orpik played alongside defenseman Rob Scuderi on the 2009 Stanley Cup winning Penguins. Scuderi and Orpik were a defensive pairing in the 2001 national championship game while skating at Boston College.
Orpik and Scuderi are two (of three) former Eagles to capture the 2009 Stanley Cup. Penguins forward Bill Guerin also lettered at BC, playing two seasons from 1989-91.
The 2009 Stanley Cup marks the first for Orpik and Scuderi, who are the eighth and ninth former Eagles to win the coveted trophy. The defensemen join Doug Brown (1997 and 1998), Guerin (1995 and 2009), Brian Gionta (2003), Brian Leetch (1994), Joe Mullen (1989, 1991 and 1992), Ryan Shannon (2007) and Kevin Stevens (1991 and 1992).
Brooks' younger brother Andrew Orpik also played for head coach Jerry York at BC, earning four letters from 2005-2009. The Orpiks combined to win two national championships (2001 and 2008), four Hockey East Tournament titles (1998, 2001, 2007 and 2008) while advancing to an amazing six Frozen Fours (Anaheim, Providence, Albany, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Denver).