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He played defense at Marshfield High, Cushing Academy, Sacred Heart University and Curry College before a one-year professional stint in the minors.
But Ryan Warsofsky always envisioned a future in hockey behind the bench.
“When Mike Sullivan, whose parents are my godparents, coached the Bruins, he’d let me and my brother David on the ice at the team’s pregame morning skate,’’ recalled Warsofsky, in his first season as assistant coach and manager of hockey operations with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.
“I always liked to pick Mike’s brain back then and I’ve also had a nice relationship with Ray Bourque. I still speak to both of them as I’m learning the profession.’’
He listed Sullivan and Bourque as references when he applied for the Stingrays job last August.