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Capitals' Brooks Orpik makes surprise donation

Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik surprised African American youth hockey team with new equipment after their rink burned down.

It's a day members of the Tucker Road Hockey Organization will never forget.

Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik heard Tucker Road's ice rink was forced to shut down and all of their equipment was gone after a a two-alarm fire last year.

"We just felt bad for the situation they were in," said Brooks Orpik.

That's when Orpik reached out to the NHL Player's Association's Goals and Dreams Fund during the Capitals playoff series in Toronto last spring.

"It seemed like it took longer than it needed to, but it is cool seeing it actually come together here today," Orpik said.

"My son has been playing since the team started, so this is huge for me," said vice president of Tucker Road Hockey Organization Michelle Robinson.

"I am getting emotional, I am sorry," she explained as he teared up.

"To think that someone of Brooks stature would come and talk to the [NHL] Players Association and have them come all the way from Canada to make sure our program continues this is huge," said Robinson.

Watch the video above for the full story with ABC7 reporter Erin Hawksworth.

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