Brooks Oprik announced Tuesday his resignation through a release of Capitals.
During his time in Washington, the colossal defender left an indelible mark on his teammates. From his great goals to his great successes, the players of Capitals looked to Orpik as leader, role model and friend. In the social media and in statements released by the team, the Capitals overwhelmed Orpik with praise and thanked him for his time in Washington.
"Batya was a great leader in our locker room and so important to us to win our first Stanley Cup," said Alex Ovechkin.
"He's a great person and a friend," said TJ Oshie. 1
Hockey players can sometimes be inarticulate. This is not one of those times.
"Batya was a great leader in our locker room and so important to us to win our first Stanley Cup. We will miss his presence in the room and on the ice. He was not only a great leader and a player, but also a better person. I am so happy that I was allowed to play with him and that our young people had the chance to learn from him. I want to wish him, Erin and his children all the best. We will miss him and the Batya protein shakes! "
" Brooks was one of the best executives I was allowed to play in my career. It's hard to find a better teammate and a player who worked harder and enjoyed the game the same way Brooks did. We all learned from Brooks and he made his teammates better every day. It was a pleasure to play with him, and I wish him and his family all the best. "
" Brooks was a great player, leader, warrior and Olympic silver medalist – the guy who would always do it. Stay up for his teammates, sacrifice his body and do everything to win. More importantly, he is a great person and a friend. Congratulations, Batya, for a long and successful career! "
" Brooks was someone I looked up to from day one when he came to DC Neither did he ever take a day off to be a great leader. Brooks is really one of the best in hockey and we'll miss him in our room. Congratulations, Orps and thanks for everything. I wish you, Erin and the girls, all the best in the next chapter. "
I will miss you very much Thank you for all the help and support during the years Thank you for always taking care of me on and off the ice They were for me Good luck in the future and wish you and the family all the best, Brooks Orpik!
– andre burakovsky (@andreburakovsky) June 25, 2019
"Me It was a great opportunity to see how effective Brooks was for our team, spending time as his defensive partner and playing next to Brooks was something I'll always cherish and he showed his teammates how important it is to work hard To be responsible and to always be there for your team when he steps on the ice.We all learned from Brooks, he was our role model and made us better, I wish him and his family all the best! "
He added a white one Added comment on Twitter.
What a career for a great player and a role model for everyone! Thanks for everything, Brooksy! https://t.co/0mLdkwq3aC[19659002<-JohnCarlson(@JohnCarlson74) June 25, 2019
Liam O & Brien
Absolute Warrior. No matter who you are, he has always taken the time to talk to you and welcome you. A great role model and role model for everyone in the organization as a whole. Congratulations on a great career Brooks! https://t.co/nleDjFtojR[19659002<-LiamO'Brien(@OfficialBigTuna) June 25, 2019
One of the best teammates ever to make it. Absolute beast. Congratulations brother https://t.co/QKV6bnnItK[19659002<-MichaelLatta(@Latta17) June 25, 2019
Washington Capitals Statement
"On behalf of the entire Washington Capitals organization, we have Me would like to congratulate Brooks on his great NHL career. During his tenure in the league, Brooks embodied leadership and hard work. He had a huge impact on his teammates on and off the ice and helped us win our first Stanley Cup. We thank Brooks for the impact he has had on the organization and community in Washington DC over the course of the five seasons and wish him well, his wife Erin and daughters Harlow and Brooklyn. "
Much love, respect and gratitude to Brooks Orpik and his family. I can not say enough about his leadership, integrity, love for the game and class. Details here about his retirement. https://t.co/kQkKvB9JZU[19659002<-TedLeonsis(@TedLeonsis) June 25, 2019
– NHLPA (@NHLPA) June 25, 2019