Brooks Orpik’s contract with the Washington Capitals ends in July and his future with the organization is a virtual unknown. Will the unrestricted free agent re-sign, retire, or play next season elsewhere? Saturday morning, the defenseman showed he remained committed to the DC area despite all those lingering questions and put in some hard work to support a local rink.
Orpik and one hundred Capitals fans volunteered their time to help spruce up the historic Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington DC. This is the tenth consecutive year that the Capitals have organized this volunteer event at Fort Dupont.
“It’s been great, these volunteers come out consistently and we have both familiar faces and new faces and it’s really exciting to see a community that’s interested in helping other people get engaged in the sport,” said Brittany Greene, Community Outreach and Enrichment Coordinator for Friends of Fort Dupont.
The arena impacts the lives of over 3,000 kids in the area, many of them from under-served communities. Fort Dupont’s Kids on Ice program provides free and subsidized programs to teach children to skate.