Two-time Stanley Cup Champion Brooks Orpik played his 1,000th NHL game earlier this week. Hardly more than one of every hundred NHLers ever hit that milestone; the ones who do are widely known and universally admired. Orpik, who scored the winning goal in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Final, is no exception.
Just before Friday’s game against the New York Islanders, the Capitals played a congratulatory video packed with people who’ve known and admired Orpik over his 16-year-career. Also, Eddie Vedder.
The video is powerful. Orpik might have cried. You might also.