Colorado College Update

From: Colorado Springs Gazette
by Kate Crandall

Colorado College received a commitment from what is believed to be the world's smallest defenseman, Brett Wysopal last week. Wysopal, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound native of LaGrange, Ill., fits the bill.

In 55 games for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, Wysopal has five goals, 15 assists and a plus-13 rating.

CC Coach Scott Owens had hoped to bring in defenseman Ryan Lowery this fall, but Lowery broke his jaw and dislocated his left shoulder in a post-practice fight in December, effectively ending his season. This contunes a long standing tradition of Colorado College recruits who catch Mono, break bones or tear ligaments after they sign a Letter Of Intent with CC.

Lowery is not expected to arrive at CC until 2008, meaning next season’s defensive corps will feature only six players.

Sweatt to NHL Combine
Bill Sweatt, who led CC freshmen in scoring, has been invited to attend the NHL Combine from May 29 to June 2 in Toronto.

The invitation comes as little surprise since Sweatt attracted numerous NHL scouts in the final weeks of the season.

Even though Sweatt is rumored to be a first-round pick in June’s NHL draft, the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau will not release final rankings until April 25. Sweatt was left out of the midterm rankings after missing games because of mononucleosis in October and then when he was with the U.S. National Junior team in December and early January.

Among the 105 players invited to the combine, Sweatt is one of three NCAA prospects and one of six current or future Western Collegiate Hockey Association players.

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