Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 12, 2011

Man of the Day 7/12: Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik

Born September 26, 1980 (age 30) in San Francisco, California, USA

Defenseman and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins

We’re going for a hat trick of American players with today’s MotD.

Brooksy started his hockey career at prep schools in New York State and Massachusetts, then went on to Boston College. In his three years there, he helped them get to the Hockey East championship twice (1999 and 2001) as well as being on the 2001 NCAA Ice Hockey Championship team.

He was chosen 18th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft by the Penguins and played with the Baby Pens in the 2001-02 season. He made his big league debut the next season and was put on the roster permanently in the 2003-04 season. And of course, he was part of the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2009. The next year he added to the Cup win as a silver medalist on the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

Brooks has a very aggressive style of play – in fact, one announcer stated that he was “giving out hits like they were free candy.” After that, it became canon that hits from him would be called Free Candy.

Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards.

Fun fact: Brooks was named for Herb Brooks, the coach who led the U.S. Olympic Team to the Miracle On Ice game at the 1980 Winter Olympics. And reportedly, he wants to be an optometrist when he retires from hockey. Maybe he could hand out real free candy to his patients.

Brooks Orpik is posing with a real penguin. Your argument is invalid.

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