Brooks Orpik Volunteers at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

Posted June 2, 2019

(Photos by Caps Outsider)

Caps defenseman and alternate captain Brooks Orpik went to Fort Dupont Ice Arena on Saturday, volunteering his time to help spruce up the arena. For 10th consecutive year, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation hosted the project, as Orpik and other volunteers painted locker rooms, hallways and classrooms, cleaned and repaired speed mats and helmets, reorganized all the rental skates, waxed the boards, painted the parking lot and many other things.

Elizabeth Pace, Executive Director of MSE Foundation, said that the Fort Dupont Ice Arena is very important for MSE and the Washington Capitals because it is the only indoor ice rink in DC that serves a lot of kids that don’t have the money to play hockey. The main goal is to make hockey accessible for kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to play.

“The rink provides a lot of free programing for them, last year along they had 3,000 kids come through the program here, free of charge!” Pace said. The goal is to raise $5 million to bolster D.C.’s commitment of $25 million to start the construction of a new facility that will provide two brand new ice rinks for the community. Donations are being accepted online and has already raised $442,390.

“I’m probably bias obviously with as much hockey I’ve played,” Orpik told Caps Outsider. “But looking back…even with some of the kids I played with when I was 7 or 8 years old, they are some of my best friends even to this day. I would say the lifelong relationships that you meet and some of the life skills that you meet, some of the lessons that you learn playing a team sport is one of the biggest thing.”

Orpik was wearing a shirt designed by Japers Rink’s Jason Rogers.

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