All signs point to sophomore Bill Sweatt making his second U.S. national junior team, which will be announced tonight on Versus during the intermission of the Detroit Red Wings – Montreal Canadiens game at 5:30 MT. Forwards (Sweatt is a left wing) will be announced in the first intermission and defensemen and goaltenders will be announced during the second intermission.
The 2008 U.S. national junior team will travel to the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship on Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, meaning Sweatt would miss the Lightning College Hockey Classic in Tampa, Fla., and provided the U.S. makes the medal rounds, the Wisconsin series in Madison.
Sweatt helped the U.S. national junior team to a bronze medal in 2007.
Speaking of Sweatt: According to The Hockey News, his little blunder at the NHL draft combine is included in a new book Future Greats and Heartbreaks: A year undercover in the secret world of NHL scouts. Sweatt wasn’t able to participate in the combine because of a hurt wrist. The author couldn’t figure out why Sweatt didn’t lie about his wrist being cut at a frat party.