WILMINGTON – Marshfield native David Warsofsky still had a smile plastered on his face almost 24 hours later.
The rookie defenseman grew up as a Bruins fan on the South Shore, and got the chance to make his NHL debut with his hometown organization in Thursday night’s loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Clearly it could have been even sweeter if the Bruins had won the game, but the 5-foot-8, 180-pound blueliner still felt like he had the “Welcome to the NHL” moment he’s been waiting his entire life for.
“Being from Boston and being a fan of the Bruins all of my life, that certainly made it extra special,” said the 23-year-old Warsofsky, who had 16 points in 26 games for the Providence Bruins prior to his emergency recall. “It was my first NHL game for the team that I’ve always wanted to play for. Most kids never get a chance to say that.
“In warm-ups you look over and see their lineup, and it's guys that I was watching on TV two weeks ago. I’m not sitting on the couch watching them anymore, and now I’m in the game. It’s definitely a different experience. Once I got a couple good strides and some good rushes on the ice, I started feeling a little more at ease.”
Warsofsky skated on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski, and was on the ice for one goal against in his 12:29 of ice time. But he certainly didn’t look out of place as an undersized puck-moving defenseman in the mold of Torey Krug, and Claude Julien was impressed following the game.
“He looked okay. I thought as the game went on, he looked more comfortable. He did a good job,” said Julien. “He skated the puck up the ice, played with confidence, and I didn’t mind his game at all. For his first game, I thought he handled himself extremely well.”
Warsofsky is also doing the right things off the ice too, and sits just two credits short of getting his degree at Boston University after skipping his final season on Commonwealth Ave. He made a deal with his parents that he would finish his degree if they got on board with him signing early with the Bruins, but he might get a little extra time to finish things off now that the Warsofsky clan can lay claim that there’s an NHL player in the family.