Two-time Stanley Cup champ Brooks Orpik retires

Defenseman Brooks Orpik announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NHL Tuesday.

Orpik spent the final five seasons of his NHL career with the Washington Capitals, helping the Caps win their first Stanley Cup in 2018. He also won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

“I’ve been extremely lucky to have the best job in the world for many years, but my body is telling me it is time to move on to something new,” Orpik said in a statement. “I’m excited for more family time and to experience a lot of the things that being a professional athlete forces you to miss out on. Thank you to the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins for giving me the opportunity to play against the best athletes in the world. I’ll be forever grateful for the memories and relationships that hockey has given me.”

Brooks Orpik has announced his retirement today from the @NHL after 15 seasons. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion skated in 1,035 regular-season games.Congratulations on a terrific career, Brooksie. And thank you for everything! #ALLCAPSRead More:

— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) June 25, 2019

Several Capitals players released statements on Orpik's retirement, congratulating their former teammate on a wonderful career. 

“Batya was a great leader in our locker room and was so important for us to win our first Stanley Cup," said Alex Ovechkin. "We will miss his presence in the room and on the ice. Not only was he a great leader and a player, but he was a better person. I’m so happy I had a chance to play with him and for our young guys to have had the chance to learn from him. I want to wish him, Erin and his kids the best. We will miss him and the Batya protein shakes!”
"Brooks was one of the best leaders I’ve had the chance to play with in my career," said Nicklas Backstrom. "It is difficult to find a better teammate, and a player who worked harder and enjoyed the game as much as Brooks. We all learned from Brooks and he made his teammates better every day. It was a pleasure playing with him and I wish him and his family all the best.” 
"I had the great opportunity to see up close how impactful Brooks was for our team," said John Carlson. "Spending time as his defensive partner and playing alongside Brooks was something that I will always cherish. He showed his teammates the importance of hard work, accountability and always being there for your team every time he stepped on the ice. We all learned from Brooks; he was our role model and he made us better. I wish him and his family all the best!"

What a career for a great player and role model to all! Thanks for everything Brooksy!

— John Carlson (@JohnCarlson74) June 25, 2019

Truly going to miss you a lot. Thanks for all the help and support during the years. Thanks for always looking after me on and off the ice. You have been a true friend and role model for me. Good luck in the future and wish you and the family all the best. Brooks Orpik!

— andre burakovsky (@andreburakovsky) June 25, 2019

Brooks Orpik helped changed the culture. Helped win a #StanleyCup. Scored go-ahead & game winning goals in Game 2 (Vegas) & Game 2 -OT of ECQF (Canes). His trade to Avs helped #Caps re-sign Carlson & Tom Wilson long-term. Came back & helped/led.A career well done. #NHL

— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) June 25, 2019

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