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Bill Sweatt
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Born September 21, 1988 (1988-09-21) (age 30)
Elburn, Illinois
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
SHL team
Former teams
Luleå HF
Vancouver Canucks
Brynäs IF
NHL Draft 38th overall, 2007
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2010–present

Bill Sweatt (born William Joseph Sweatt on September 21, 1988) is an American ice hockey left winger who currently plays with the Luleå HF of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Bill joined the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2004–05. After two seasons with the program, he joined the college ranks with the Colorado College Tigers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA).

During his freshman year, he skated alongside Lee, who was finishing up his college career with Colorado as a senior defenceman.

Following a 26-point effort over 30 games, Bill was selected 38th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He returned to Colorado to complete his NCAA career, which culminated in a college career-high 15 goals, 18 assists and 33 points over 39 games as a senior in 2009–10.

In the off-season, Bill was traded from the Blackhawks to the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 30, 2010, along with forward Kris Versteeg. Opting not to sign with Toronto, he became a free agent on August 16, 2010.

Three days later, Bill signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks worth US$2.7 million, plus performance bonuses. He joined his brother Lee in the Canucks organization, who had been signed by the team three months prior.

Following the pre-season, the Canucks assigned both Sweatt brothers to their American Hockey League(AHL) affiliate the Manitoba Moose.

Together, they became the first pair of brothers to play at the same time for the franchise. Moose head coach Claude Noel described Sweatt in his professional rookie season as a physical player who can forecheck quickly and make plays.

He recorded 46 points (19 goals and 27 assists) over 80 games, ranking second in team-scoring (12 behind winger Sergei Shirokov), as well as ninth among league rookies.

During the off-season, Lee was left unsigned by the Canucks organization, splitting the brothers up. Despite signing with the Ottawa Senators, Lee announced his retirement shortly thereafter.

During the Canucks' 2011 training camp, Bill was injured during a prospects tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, causing him to miss the team's first two pre-season games in September.

After being assigned to the Chicago Wolves, the Canucks' new AHL affiliate, to start the season, he received his first NHL call-up on December 7, 2011.

Making his NHL debut the following night against the Montreal Canadiens, Bill registered two shots on goal and one hit in six minutes and eighteen seconds of ice time; Vancouver won the game 4–3. On March 31, 2013, he and Nicklas Jensen were recalled from the Wolves by the Canucks.

On July 9, 2013, with his rights still owned by the Canucks, Bill signed his first European contract on a one-year contract in Sweden with Brynäs IF of the SHL.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05U.S. National Under-18 TeamNAHL41791612
2005–06U.S. National Under-18 TeamNAHL171015254
2006–07Colorado CollegeWCHA309172618
2007–08Colorado CollegeWCHA3710172738
2008–09Colorado CollegeWCHA3712112328
2009–10Colorado CollegeWCHA3915183318
2010–11Manitoba MooseAHL8019274628141562
2011–12Chicago WolvesAHL711618342451120
2011–12Vancouver CanucksNHL20000
2012–13Chicago WolvesAHL6615213612
2012–13Vancouver CanucksNHL10000
2013–14Brynäs IFSHL551613292651122
2014–15Brynäs IFSHL541922413670444
2015–16Luleå HFSHL2442649
NHL totals 30000
SHL totals 133393776111121566

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States U17 5th 5 2 2 4 8
2006 United States WJC18 Template:Goca 6 5 2 7 4
2007 United States WJC Template:Brca 7 1 1 2 0
2008 United States WJC 4th 6 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 24 8 6 14 12

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for United States United States
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2007 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold 2006 Sweden
InLine Hockey World Championship
Gold 2006 Hungary

Bill was named Top Forward at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships in 2006 where the United States won gold. He also participated in the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for the US, coming home with a bronze medal.

While playing roller hockey, he won a gold medal at the 2006 World InLine Championships.

Personal LifeEdit

Bill played minor hockey with his older brother Lee in Highland Park, Illinois. His father was a former football player while his mother was a hockey fan.

Growing up, the family lived in the country and had a paved basement where the brothers played roller hockey.