Saturday, July 10, 2010
Q & A with David Warsofsky
By Brendan Hall
WILMINGTON -- Marshfield native David Warsofsky has done things before his 20th birthday that most kids can only dream about: getting drafted by the NHL, scoring a goal at Fenway, winning a Beanpot, winning a gold medal.
And now the 5-foot-9, 170-pound puck-moving defenseman can cross another item off his list: suit up for his hometown team. On June 26, less than a month after he turned 20, the St. Louis Blues traded their rights to Warsofsky to the Bruins, in exchange for energy-line fan favorite Vladimir Sobotka.
Warsofsky is in town this week for the Bruins’ Player Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena, where packed crowds have lined up to watch Tyler Seguin, Joe Colborne and the like. ESPNBoston.com caught up with Warsofsky to talk about his New England roots.
Who was your favorite Bruin growing up?
Growing up, it was definitely Ray Bourque and Bobby Orr. Me being a defenseman, and the way I play, I looked after the way those guys grew up around the game. So when I’m out there, I try to take as many aspects of their game and include it in mine.
How did you find out you were being traded to the Bruins, and what was your reaction?
I was actually just sitting at home, watching the World Cup with my brothers and nephews, and my advisor called me and told I got traded. I actually had no idea St. Louis was even thinking of trading me, or that Boston was interested. It was a big surprise. I was kinda speechless when it first happened, but once it sank in I realized this is an unbelievable opportunity.
What do you feel like you represent when you put on that sweater? Some people who’ve answered this question say their city, their community, their family.
I’d probably say my family. Obviously, where you come from is really important. Everything I’ve learned has come from my parents and brothers (Adam, 29; Jarod, 27; Ryan, 23), every time I put on the jersey I think it represents them and how far I’ve come, how far they’ve helped me come.
When you were a freshman at Marshfield High School (in 2004), what goals did you set for yourself?
I mean, when I was a freshman at Marshfield, I think my No. 1 goal was to go to prep school. And then from there, I went to college to the NHL. Every year it’s just been setting my goals higher and higher. So far, I’ve been able to achieve them and hopefully I can stay on track.
You’ve scored a goal at Fenway Park, won a Beanpot, and won a gold medal. Did you ever think you’d be taking these kinds of steps?
No, definitely not. I mean, I always wanted to play at BU, and I obviously knew about the Beanpot, but Fenway wasn’t even in the question five years ago. And then obviously winning the World Juniors was an unbelievable opportunity, so I think I’m just taking all of that in and using it to the best of my ability.
Where are you staying?
I’m actually staying at the hotel. Everyone else on Monday, they were all talking about flying in, and I had a nice short drive up the highway, so it was nice. It’s nice to have all of family here supporting me.
What are some of your favorite memories from growing up in Marshfield?
I have three older brothers, so you can imagine how competitive that gets, just playing street hockey and out on the pond. Then I went to Marshfield High and I played with one of my older brothers; that was really good, that was the first time my parents got to watch two of their kids play together. Most of my memories just come from family. We’re really close and we’ve helped everyone along the way.
What kind of lessons did you learn at Cushing Academy from (former head coach) Steve Jacobs that you still hold with you now?
He’s a good friend of our family, and I still keep in touch with him. When you go to prep school, it’s a whole different experience. You’re living on your own. He taught me so many lessons just about living on your own and making the right decisions. You’re not always going to have your parents there to make the decision for you, so not so much as a hockey player but he made me a better person.
Up there, we had Ray Bourque as an assistant, his son Ryan is one of my good friends and my roommate there. I think when you have the two of them there ... I mean, he [Jacobs] is an unbelievable coach, but when you have Ray Bourque out there running your practices, it’s like ... you just take in everything. He’s an unbelievable teacher, and the both of them together just made an awesome pair.
How much has size been a motivating factor for you throughout your career?
Yeah, I mean, growing up it was a motivating factor, everyone always made excuses for me like that. But whenever people tell me I’m not big enough, I just stick that in my back pocket and use that to get to the next level and prove everyone wrong.
What are the places to be seen in Marshfield?
I think Marshfield’s known definitely for the beach. Whenever you talk about Marshfield, people are definitely going down there to see the beach. Rexhame Beach, Brant Rock, obviously the water’s really nice down there. It’s a great town, great place to grow up, and I wouldn’t rather be from anywhere else.
Best place to eat on the South Shore?
Haddad’s, over in Brant Rock, is pretty good. Depends on what you’re in the mood for -- subs, seafood. Anywhere down there that’s local, they’re going to have the freshest seafood. But if you’re looking for the best seafood, that’s the place to go.
Last month, we asked Max Quinzani, a Duxbury native, where the best beach on the South Shore was, and he didn’t hesitate to say Duxbury. Would you like to make a case for Marshfield?
Marshfield and Duxbury, those are big rivalries, but Duxbury has that beach where you can drive your cars on, so I’m sure the college kids like that a lot more. But I mean, if you’re looking for a family experience, I think Rexame, Humarock [in Scituate], Brant Rock are definitely the places to go.