|Born||September 26, 1980
San Francisco, CA
|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
|NHL team||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Ntl. team||United States|
|NHL Draft||18th overall, 2000
|Playing career||2002 – present|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
Brooks Orpik (born September 26, 1980), is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). His brother, Andrew, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres organization and is currently in the Phoenix Coyotes organization. His first name comes from Herb Brooks, the coach of the United States men's hockey team that won the famed 1980 Miracle on Ice game and eventually the gold medal.
Orpik attended the Nichols School in Buffalo, NY and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Massachusetts. He played three seasons for Boston College, winning the Hockey East post-season championship in 1999 and 2001, and the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2001.
Orpik began playing professionally with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2001–02 AHL season. He made his NHL debut during the 2002–03 season, playing in 6 games, but recording no points. After earning a permanent roster spot on the team next year, Orpik contributed in 79 games, tallying 1 goal, 9 assists, and 127 penalty minutes.
Orpik signed a six-year contract in the summer of 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $22.5 million. In October 2008, he was named an alternate captain (interim while Sergei Gonchar was injured) of the Penguins along with Evgeni Malkin behind Sidney Crosby.
Later in 2009 he was invited to the U.S. Hockey orientation camp (Aug. 17-19), for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Orpik represented the United States of America at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Team USA earned a silver medal.