Capitals name Orpik to player development department

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The Washington Capitals have named former defenseman Brooks Orpik to the team's player development department, the club announced on Monday.

Orpik will work closely with defensive prospects in the organization, primarily with the Hershey Bears, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.

"As a member of our team, Brooks was a tremendous leader and a great role model for our young players," general manager Brian MacLellan said. "We are excited to be able to bring him back in this new role. We feel he will be a great resource for our hockey staff and our prospects."

Orpik recorded 62 points in 332 regular-season games with the Capitals and helped the team capture its first Stanley Cup in 2017-18.

The 38-year-old announced his retirement on June 25 after playing for the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins over 15 NHL seasons.

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