May 4, 2012

Bentley d-man Switzer named premier senior student-athlete

Staff Report

Standout defenseman Mike Switzer was selected as the 2011-12 recipient of the Edward J. Powers Award as Bentley's premier senior student-athlete. 

Bentley senior defenseman Mike Switzer (Photo: SportsPix)

The Powers award, presented annually since 1965, is named in honor of the late President of the old Boston Garden who was both an alumnus and a trustee of Bentley.

Switzer, who journeyed from his native Calgary, Alberta to attend the school in Waltham, Mass., showed his talents both on the ice and in the class room. During his four years at Bentley, the finance major was a three-time selection the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.

The 24-year-old defenseman appeared in every game for the Falcons and helped get them to the second round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. He finished the year with four goals and eight assists for a total of 12 points in 40 contests.

In his collegiate career, Switzer -- who played alongside his younger brother, Brett, this past season -- skated in 141 games for the Falcons, tying for the fourth most in school history. 

 “Mike has been a leader on and off the ice for the past four years,” said head coach Ryan Soderquist. “His dedication on the ice and in the classroom exemplifies the true meaning of a student-athlete.”