Thunder Cats Hire Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager

The Creston Valley Thunder Cats organization is excited to announce that Brandon Switzer will join the organization as Associate Coach and Assistant General Manager.

Switzer spent last season with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s (AJHL) Whitecourt Wolverines as a regional scout and will continue with this role for the upcoming season. Prior to that, Switzer spent two seasons as a co-coach for the Brandon AAA U17 Prep program, and an additional season as a co-coach for the Bantam AAA Wheat Kings program.

“I’m excited to be accepted into such a welcoming and progressive team and league where moving up is the focus. I hope to develop not only better players but better people,” said Switzer. “The goal is to bring a championship to Creston along with Bill (Rotheisler) and the rest of the coaching staff. Go Cats!”

Switzer had an impressive junior hockey playing career split between the Wolverines and in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) with the Flin Flon Bombers. In his final year of junior hockey in 2015/16, Switzer amassed an impressive 75 regular-season points, and an additional 19 in the playoffs, capping it off with playoff MVP for the Bombers. After sitting out the next season to rehabilitate his ACL, he continued his career playing NCAA Division I for the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

While playing, Switzer’s leadership ability was evident with a myriad of personal awards and accomplishments including winning SJHL Playoff MVP, a Fan Favorite Award, a Humanitarian Award, an SJHL Leadership Scholarship, and was an alternate captain throughout his career. Prior to junior hockey, he was also a two-time league all-star at the Midget AAA level and has gone deep in the playoffs most of his playing years.

General Manager Bill Rotheisler commented: “We are fortunate to have Brandon join our program. His references are stellar. He has a substantial work ethic and is as determined of a person that you will ever meet. He has proven his ability to lead through success, and his drive to win and make people around him better is a perfect fit for our program right now. His experiences, coupled with his drive, will make him extremely valuable in an important next step for our organization”.