Thursday night will be a special one for New England hockey fans as former Boston University defenseman and hometown kid David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.) will make his National Hockey League debut with the Bruins.
The Cushing Academy product and a three-year Terrier will be making his first NHL appearance in Buffalo this evening as the Bruins open the first of consecutive games with the Sabres at First Niagara Center.
He is expected to play on the third defensive pairing alongside Matt Bartkowski, taking the place of the University of Vermont's own Kevan Miller.
"Boston was my hometown team, and it was kind of a dream of mine to play for them," Warsofsky told NEHJ during a September interview at the team's preseason training camp at TD Garden. "Just being from the area, it helps. Being comfortable in the surroundings."
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound blue liner posted two goals and 14 assists to go along with a plus-10 rating in 26 games for the Providence Bruins this season. He has appeared in 160 games in parts of four seasons in the American Hockey League, totaling ten goals and 64 total points.
Warsofsky was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and became a Bruin in the Vladimir Sobotka trade on June 26, 2010.
No Terrier has made his NHL debut as a member of the Black and Gold in the last ten years. Carl Corazzini (Framingham, Mass.) was the last to do so, as he scored two goals in 12 games for the B's during the 2003-04 season.
Warsofsky was a freshman when the Terriers captured the NCAA Frozen Four title in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
According to Brian Kelley of the BU Athletic Communications department, he will become the tenth member of that team to debut in the NHL.
Additionally, the five other defensemen that appeared in BU's 4-3 overtime victory over Miami in the Apr. 11, 2009 national title game have played at least one NHL game (Brian Strait, Matt Gilroy, Colby Cohen, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Eric Gryba).