Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has been named to the 2014 United States Men’s Olympic Hockey Team. The announcement of the full team roster was made by USA Hockey on January 1.
Orpik, 33, will be competing in his second straight Olympics after helping the Americans capture a silver medal in 2010 at the Vancouver Games. Orpik played in all six games for the Americans in 2010, finishing with a plus-2 rating.
The 18th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Orpik played parts of three seasons with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording 38 points (6+32) and 206 penalty minutes in 152 regular season games with the club from 2001-2004.
Orpik also appeared in 30 playoff contests with the AHL Penguins, recording four assists and 19 penalty minutes. He was a member of the 2003-04 squad that advanced to the Calder Cup Finals.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has several other connections to the 2014 United States Men’s Team. Former WBS (2008-09) and current Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma will serve in the same capacity with the US team, while former WBS (2006-08) and current Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards will serve as one of his assistants. Former WBS and current Pittsburgh Penguins video coordinator Andy Saucier will also be a part of Bylsma’s staff.
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