BOSTON, MA - JUNE 18:Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins raises the Stanley Cup before the start of the victory parade on June 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Tommy Cross and David Warsofsky are ready to let bygones be bygones and play some hockey.
Cross, a rising senior at Boston College, and Warsofsky, who left Boston University prior to his senior year to join the Providence Bruins, have gotten quite comfortable facing off against each other in Hockey East and Beanpot competition over the past few years.
"I had three great years at BU," said Warsofsky following day one of development camp, who admitted that knowing the Terriers were bringing back a lot of guys made his decision to leave a harder one.
The blueliners may not have seen much of each other since they typically play(ed) against the opposing team's top line in college, but they'll have a chance to get re-acquainted in a much more colloquial manner at Bruins development camp this weekend.
It's a familiar scene for the pair, with Cross attending his fourth Bruins' development camp and Warsofsky being at his second. With both being native New Englanders, they might have been a bit more excited to throw on the spoked-B sweater than in the past.
"I think the biggest part is seeing your favorite team win the Stanley Cup," said Warsofsky, "but realizing you're still a part of the organization makes it pretty special, too."
"Watching the Cup run was unbelievable," said Cross. "I think a few people have asked if I watched all the games, but I didn't miss a second."
Cross was drafted by Boston with the 35th pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, while Warsofsky was acquired in a trade for Vladimir Sobotka in June of 2010. The Marshfield, MA native was signed to an entry-level contract by the Bruins on March 24th, when he announced his departure from BU.
According to Warsofsky, he'll continue to attend classes at BU to finish his degree while he prepares for the upcoming season, where he'll likely be on the blue line in Providence.
As for their rivalry, Cross said that he told Warsofsky that "it's not college anymore," and while the two enjoyed playing against each other, it's time to focus on the team.