Brooks Orpik officially hung up his skates on Tuesday, but was back at the MedStar Capitals Iceplex again the very next day. The expectation was Orpik would not be at camp, instead flying home back to Boston.
But wearing a black t-shirt that read “District of Columbia” on the front, the retired veteran defenseman stood behind the bench and observed behind the glass as he watched prospects for over an hour do skating drills in at Development Camp. At one point, he turned to a Capitals staff member to ask the name of one of the players on the ice.
It was a sight that has sparked discussion among Capitals fans wondering if one day they might see Orpik behind the bench in a coaching role.