For those hoping that one day they would see Elburn-bred Bill Sweatt putting on the Indian head sweater of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, commence disappointment.
However, there now exists an opportunity for the Colorado College graduate to make inroads to the National Hockey League another way: through Toronto.
The Blackhawks, in an ongoing attempt to navigate out of salary cap difficulties, included the 2007 second-round draft pickâ€™s rights in a trade that sent playoff asset Kris Versteeg to the Maple Leafs for Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis.
Sweatt, who scored 15 goals and 33 points in 39 contests for the Tigers in his senior season, was an economics major.
Sweatt participated in the Blackhawks prospect camp in 2008 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Ill. and in 2009 at Johnnyâ€™s Ice House in Chicago.
The 21-year old was selected 38th overall in 2007, just 37 picks behind Stanley Cup hero Patrick Kane.
In other Sweatt news, Billâ€™s older brother Lee will compete for a spot with the Vancouver Canucks after signing in May. Lee spent the 2009-10 season in Europe.
Born: Sept. 21, 1988
Selected 38th overall by Blackhawks in 2007
Photo: Elburn native Bill Sweatt, shown here at a previous Blackhawks prospect camp, was dealt June 30 to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Kris Versteeg in the continued restructuring of the Stanley Cup Championsâ€™ roster. File Photo