Teams with Noah Babin and Wes O'Neill to give Notre Dame a trio of experienced senior defensemen ... will be in his second season at Notre Dame after transferring from Wisconsin ... selected as an alternate captain for 2006-07 season ... proved to be a valuable addition to the Irish blue line in 2005-06, seeing action in 32 games ... strong-skating defensive-minded defenseman who makes good decisions with the puck ... strong in his own zone and moves the puck quickly up ice to his forwards ... scored two goals with two assists in his 32 games last season ... found a spot in the Notre Dame record books when he teamed with Erik Condra to score the two quickest goals in Irish history (eight seconds apart) in a come-from-behind win at Northern Michigan ... became the first hockey transfer for the Irish since Jon Maruk `03 in 2001-02 ... spent the 2004-05 campaign in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars where he was a teammate of sophomores Erik Condra and Jordan Pearce ... one of four players to play junior hockey in Lincoln, Neb., along with junior Evan Rankin (`03-'04), Condra and Pearce ... one of 19 players on the Notre Dame hockey roster to play in the USHL ... one of six former members (16 overall) of USA Hockey's National Team Developmental Program on the current roster ... was a teammate of recent graduate Tim Wallace and Babin on the US Under-18 Team that won the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championships in 2002 ... one of five Minnesota natives on the current Irish roster along with senior T.J. Jindra (Faribault), junior Mark Van Guilder (Roseville), sophomore Garrett Regan (Hastings) and freshman Ryan Thang (Edina) ... joined the Irish in the late-signing period (spring `05) along with Regan and Justin White ... one of 87 Minnesota natives to earn a monogram with the Notre Dame hockey team, including four Duluth, Minn., natives, joining forward Kevin Hoene (`68-'71) and goaltenders Wade Salzman (`93-'96) and Kyle Kolquist (`97-'01).
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 32 games in his first season with the Irish ... scored two goals with two assists for four points ... one goal was a game winner ... led Notre Dame with 23 penalties for 57 minutes ... fired 18 shots on goal and had an even +/- ratio for the year ... saw first action for the Irish on Oct. 21 in season opener at Colorado College ... picked up assists in back-to-back games at Michigan (Nov. 5) and at home versus Bowling Green (Nov. 10) ... did not pick up a point until Jan. 21 when he scored game winner at Northern Michigan ... goal capped a Notre Dame rally from a 3-1 deficit for a 4-3 win ... goal came eight seconds (8:50) following an Erik Condra goal (8:42) in the third period for the two quickest goals in Irish hockey history ... final goal of the season came in regular-season finale versus Alaska Fairbanks, a 2-1 loss to the Nanooks ... played in both playoff games but did not score.
AS A SOPHOMORE AT WISCONSIN (2003-04): Played in 21 games for Wisconsin, scoring three goals with five assists for eight points ... scored a pair of power-play goals and one game winner from the blue line ... converted three times on 14 shots for an impressive .214 shooting percentage ... had five penalties for 21 minutes ... was +8 on the season ... did not play in either game of series with Notre Dame (Jan. 17-18) at the Kohl Center ... after going scoreless in first four games of the season, had a two-game point streak with a goal and an assist in a weekend series at Michigan Tech ... picked up first career goal and game winner on Nov. 8, 2003, versus the Huskies ... second career goal came one week later at home versus Minnesota ... third goal came on Nov. 29 at Michigan State on the power play ... recorded back-to-back assist games on Dec. 27-28 with assists versus Union and Ferris State in Badger Showdown in Milwaukee, Wis.
AS A FRESHMAN AT WISCONSIN (2002-03): Played in 33 games during his rookie year, collecting six assists ... had 23 shots on goal and three penalties for six minutes ... assisted on game-winning goal in season-opening 4-3 win over Northern Michigan ... had a two-game point streak (Oct. 26-Nov. 1) when he had assists in 5-1 win at Northeastern and then the following weekend in a 5-3 home loss to Denver ... fourth assist came on a Brad Winchester short-handed goal in win over Alaska Anchorage ... added an assist in win versus St. Cloud State and then closed the season with an assist in 6-5 overtime playoff loss to Minnesota State in game two of the first round of the WCHA playoffs.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Played two seasons with the United States National Team Developmental Program from 2000-02, playing for the Under-17 and Under-18 teams ... member of gold-medal winning U.S. Under-18 team at the Under-18 World Championships in April of 2002 and the Under-17 team at the Under-17 World Championships the previous year along with current Irish teammate Noah Babin ... in 57 games with the Under-18 team, had four goals and 12 assists for 16 points and 22 penalty minutes.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for the National Team Developmental Program ... also attended Duluth East High School in his hometown of Duluth, Minn., as a freshman and sophomore ... lettered in his sophomore year as member of Duluth East team, scoring four goals with 10 assists for 14 points in 28 games with the Greyhounds ... played one season in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars (`04-'05), playing in 34 games with one goal and nine assists for 10 points ... selected to play in the USHL's Top Prospects game ... full name is Thomas Paul Sawatske ... son of Daniel and Laurie Sawatske ... has two brothers and one sister ... born Jan. 12, 1984, in Duluth, Minn. ... economics major in the Mendoza College of Business.
3 Shots on Goal
vs. Ferris State (12/28/03)
2-Game Point Streak
(0g-2a); Nov. 5-10, 2005
(vs. Michigan and Bowling Green)
(0g-2a); Dec. 27-28, 2003
(vs. Union and Ferris State)
(1g-1a); Nov. 7-8, 2003
(vs. Michigan Tech)
(0g-2a); Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2002
(vs. Northeastern and Denver)