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Frank Switzer
Born December 13, 1882(1882-12-13),
Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Died March 28 1970 (aged 87),
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
0 ft 0 in (0.00 m)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Pittsburgh Keystones
Michigan Soo Indians
Winnipeg Strathconas
Winnipeg Maple Leafs
Playing career 1901–1908

1907-08 Winnipeg Maple Leafs team photo - Frank Switzer, at far right in the second row from the top, with the Winnipeg Maple Leafs in the 1907–08 season.

Franklin Louis Schweitzer, last name also spelt Sweitzer, Switzer, or Swietzer, (December 13, 1882 – March 28, 1970) was a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who was active in the early days of professional hockey, from 1901–1911.

Switzer was born in Stratford, Ontario.[1]

Professional career

In the 1902–03 season Switzer played three games with the Pittsburgh Keystones of the American semi-professional Western Pennsylvania Hockey League. From 1903 to 1907 Switzer played for the Michigan Soo Indians, and for three seasons between 1904–1907 he represented the club in the International Professional Hockey League, the first fully professional hockey league, where he played alongside future Hockey Hall of Fame members Didier Pitre and Jack Laviolette.[2]

The IPHL folded prior to the 1907–08 season and Switzer switched league when he moved north the border to Winnipeg and the Manitoba Hockey League where he represented the Winnipeg Strathconas for 15 games. He also played one game, and registered one goal, for MHL club Winnipeg Maple Leafs that same season. Although only playing in one game for the team Switzer appeared on the Maple Leafs team photo that year. Winnipeg Maple Leafs won the MHL championship in the 1907–08 season and later challenged ECAHA champions Montreal Wanderers for the Stanley Cup in March 1908. Wanderers won the series with the scores of 11-5 and 9-3 and Switzer didn't play in any of the challenge games for the Maple Leafs.[3]

Switzer didn't play in the 1908–09 and 1909–10 seasons. In the 1910–11 season he played one game for Belleville of the EOPHL.


Exh. = Exhibition games

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1902–03 Pittsburgh Keystones WPHL 3 0 0 0 2
1903–04 Michigan Soo Indians Exh. 20 43 0 43 0
US-Champ 4 2 0 2 2
1904–05 Michigan Soo Indians IPHL 18 18 0 18 17
1905–06 Michigan Soo Indians IPHL 22 25 0 25 18
1906–07 Michigan Soo Indians IPHL 22 27 8 35 33
1907–08 Winnipeg Strathconas MHL 15 14 3 17 21
Winnipeg Maple Leafs MHL 1 1 0 1 0
1910–11 Belleville EOPHL 1 0 0 0 0
IPHL totals 62 70 8 78 68

Statistics per Society for International Hockey Research at



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