Wilmington, MA –
When the Bruins acquired soon-to-be Boston University junior defenseman David Warsofsky
, he knew right away he wanted to be a leader.
“Well I’ve always tried to establish myself as a leader at BU and all [the time] growing up,” said the defenseman when we was acquired by the Bruins in a June 26 trade that saw Vladimir Sobotka sent off to the St. Louis Blues.
“At World Juniors they made me the assistant captain,” he said. “And they relied on me a lot as a leader and I just tried to bring as much as I could to the team.”
Warsofsky’s ambitions were amplified when he came into Boston’s fourth annual Development Camp earlier this week.
As part of the off-ice training during the weeklong camp, Bruins coaches enlisted the help of ex-Marines to help whip the players into shape.
During The Program, the Bruins hopefuls were put through a series of strenuous exercises, including carrying 50-pound sandbags over 30 yards, lifting logs and carrying each other over their shoulders in a team building exercise.
Warsofsky was quick to offer his help as a leader of his new teammates despite being largely unfamiliar with most.
“I don’t know a lot of names so I just tried to sort my way out,” said Warsofsky. “You want to step up and be a leader but at the same time, you don’t know who else is in the locker room.”
On Wednesday, the team had a chance to work together again, but this time in a pool. Warsofsky said the experience they had from the day before helped guide them during their second workout.
“At the pool, everyone was more comfortable,” said the BU blueliner. “There was more talk and we were a lot louder.
“We just did things at a better level.”
While Warsofsky may be a natural born leader, he admitted it was hard to help direct such a large group after being together for such little time, but feels that the prospects have grown with the experience.
“Yeah, I mean it’s tough, it’s something I’ve never done before,” Warsofsky said. “It was challenging for the most part but I think it taught everyone in here a lot.
“I think if we look back on it now I think it was a great experience for all of us.”--Brian Smith