Warsofsky forgoes senior season at Boston University, signs with Bruins

In a move that was no surprise to Boston University coach Jack Parker, defenseman David Warsofsky has signed with the Boston Bruins, forgoing his final season with the Terriers.

The big question: Coming off a somewhat disappointing year for both player and team, did Warsofsky make the right decision by going pro?

“I think he did,” Parker told USCHO between player meetings in his office Thursday afternoon. “He needs to be challenged in a different way. He didn’t perform as well as he could’ve this year, and I think it was because he wasn’t challenged. He needs to be on eggshells, worrying about how good he is compared to everybody else, and I think this year he thought it was going to be too easy for him.”

The junior led BU’s defensemen in scoring this season with seven goals and 22 points, not quite matching the 23 points he scored in each of his freshman and sophomore years.

“He didn’t have a bad year, but he didn’t have an All-American year, either,” Parker said. “I thought he’d be that type of player for us. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that he might’ve had one leg out the door already, you know, thinking that he might be gone at the end of the year.

“I think the challenge of going to play for the Bruins — going to professional hockey and having to prove something all over again — he needs that.”

Parker said it was comparable to when Warsofsky elevated his game by playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program at Ann Arbor and rode on his success there when he came in to BU as a freshman, helping the team to its 2009 national championship.

In the short run, Warsofsky likely will be joining former Terriers teammate Colby Cohen with the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League. But Parker does not see it as a competition between the two to make the big time.

“There will be a whole bunch of other guys; you never know how many bodies are going to be floating around,” Parker said.

Boston College junior defenseman Tommy Cross was a second-round pick by the Bruins in 2007 and should be joining the blue line competition sooner or later.

Altogether, it would’ve been more of a surprise to Parker if Warsofsky had stayed. “We were pretty sure he was leaving at the end of the year; it was a Matty Gilroy situation,” Parker said, referring to the fact that Gilroy appeared to be a near lock to go pro after his junior year.

“We were thinking of this as his senior year, but I was thinking that there might be some hope that he comes back because he doesn’t have a great year.”

Although Parker said it was a probably a good move for everybody, he acknowledged that Warsofsky’s loss would be felt. “Big impact; he’s a real good player,” Parker said. “But we have a real good defenseman coming in that we had lined up to come in in case he signed, and that guy’s going to be a good player, too.”

According to NCAA rules, Parker cannot disclose the name of the incoming player, but judging from recruiting websites he is referring to Alexx Privitera, an 18-year-old defenseman who has scored 10 goals and notched 22 assists in 51 games for Muskegon in the USHL this season.

“We think that with six out of our seven defensemen coming back and a good freshman coming in, we should be in pretty good shape,” Parker said.


  1. Too bad for BU Jackie Parker doesn’t move on. The Parker mentality of shutting down after the Bean Pot; has to stop

    • Yeah, he was definitely terrible as a coach in 2009 after the Beanpot….

      I am having trouble remembered what happened that year. Maybe I should put the NCAA Frozen Four DVDs in the player and see how it ends.

      • Does that DVD have an alternate ending where a monkey coaches that BU 2009 team to the national title? It would be just as believable as what happened in real life.

        • Since I was at the game and sat 6 rows from the glass, I can definitely say that neither bench was run or even assisted by any primates.

          I have seen a ton of hockey and I have never seen an ending like that game. I feel lucky to have been there to watch it.

          I will take an NCAA title followed by missing the tournament for two straight years over making the tournament every year and never winning it.

          • Enjoy missing the tournament once again Joe.

            We’ll start our defense of the championship tomorrow night. Winning titles and back for more. Back to Back Beanpots. Back to Back Hockey Easts. Now ready to defend the title.

            When’s Jackie’s tee time?

          • I think he his tee time with Greg Cronin. ;) It brings back memories of Jack Parker and Shawn Walsh being so pleasant with each other at the Garden and the Spectrum.

            Enjoy the tournament. I know I will, even though my team did not make it. I will be watching as many games as I can on all the ESPNs. I still have not been able to find the Ocho on my Fios yet, but maybe soon.

            Not everyone can have the run that BC has had since 2001. I hope the fans on the Heights appreciate it and the team they get to watch. While I will not cheer for the Eagles, I do respect them so I hope their fans enjoy.

            I hope that Merrimack has a good tournament. They deserve it.

    • Are you serious?? You can dislike BU or Warosksky or disagree with his decision but by the end of his FRESHMAN SEASON he was on the ice at the most crucial times for BU … Same goes for his GOLD MEDAL winning Team USA run last year. I will miss watching him in SCARLET big time.

  2. does anyone have any ideas about what is going on at BU? I have read a few time from some blogs negative comments coming from BU fans about parker

    BC fan/college hockey fan

  3. I was remiss earlier. Thanks, David and good luck with your professional career.

    Thanks for making the Verizon Center in 2009 the scene of the best comeback I will ever see.


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