By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
Growing up, there were two teams David Warsofsky dreamed of playing for — the Boston University Terriers and the Boston Bruins. He’ll be an assistant captain as a junior this season for the former, and thanks to a draft-day deal, he now has the latter in his sights as well.
As the 2010 NHL Draft was winding down Saturday afternoon, the Bruins acquired the rights to Warsofsky in exchange for fourth-line center Vladimir Sobotka. The trade caught Warsofsky off-guard, but the Marshfield native certainly wasn’t disappointed.
“I was actually really surprised,” Warsofsky said. “I was just hanging around with one of my brothers and my nephews watching the [United States] World Cup game, and my adviser called me and just told me that my rights were traded to Boston. I wasn’t watching the draft or anything, I wasn’t expecting to be traded, so it was kind of a surprise to me, too. But I was really excited when it happened.”
Adding to Warsofsky’s enthusiasm was the fact that the Bruins didn’t just trade a draft pick or a prospect to get him; they traded someone who has already played 134 NHL games.
“I thought it was pretty cool,” he said. “It’s not every day you get traded for someone who’s already in the NHL. I think they obviously think highly of me. It’s just my job to prove to them what I can do.”
The 5-foot-9 defenseman said he’s looking forward to the possibility of someday playing for his favorite NHL team.
“I think it’s an unbelievable opportunity,” Warsofsky said. “Whether it’s in Boston or Providence, I’ll always be close to home. Growing up, everyone wants to play in their hometown, especially in Boston, and try to win a Stanley Cup in Boston.”
But Warsofsky also said that he’s not in any rush and that he’s not overlooking his last two seasons with the Terriers.
“I’m excited to get back to BU and finish my career there in a couple years,” he said. “Then we’ll see what the future brings.”
Warsofsky will get a taste of life with the Bruins this summer, though, when he attends their development camp. Of course, he’s already had a full serving of the TD Garden, having played seven games there as a Terrier.