Ottawa native Borowiecki to make debut in San Jose

SAN JOSE — Mark Borowiecki’s parents, Tom and Cynthia, and his sister Diana, decided to take a trip to California after they heard that their son and brother had been recalled by the Ottawa Senators for the four-game swing through the western United States.
They didn’t know when Mark would play, only that he would at some point. They just figured they’d take a little vacation to California and see what happened.
They got lucky.
Hours after Mark got a call from them saying they’d be leaving Ottawa at 6 a.m. and would be in San Jose in time for Thursday’s game, he found out he’d be making his NHL debut for his hometown team.
“He had a real good season last year when Binghamton won the Calder Cup, he was a big part of it,” said coach Paul MacLean.
“Then he had a good training camp with us, and he’s played real well down there for them, and we really wanted to see him play in the NHL and give him that opportunity. We’re pretty excited to see him play.”
Not surprisingly, Borowiecki was excited beyond words but said he wasn’t nervous.
“I think I got (the nerves) out during the morning skate,” he said.
“My first few times around the rink, I was a little wobbly, but I’m feeling good now.
“I’m definitely very excited. It’s something you work all your life toward, and it’s nice to get a chance now.”
Borowiecki, 22, was a longshot when he was drafted in the fifth round (139th overall) in the 2008 draft.
But he has played himself up the depth chart and his presence on this trip is an indication of the hopes the team has for him.
He was the first player from Ottawa ever drafted by his team.

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