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Ralph Krueger
Edmonton Oilers - Head Coach
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Ralph Krueger was named the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers on June 27, 2012. Krueger had previously been an associate coach on the Oilers staff since 2010.

Before joining the Oilers organization, Krueger was the Head Coach of the Swiss National Team. During his tenure from 1997-2010, he advanced the Swiss National Team Program from 15th to 7th in the IIHF World Rankings.

He guided the team to a 6th place finish at the Olympics in 2006 and 4th in the World Championship in 1998. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has participated in 12 World Championships and three Olympics.

Prior to joining the Swiss National Team, Krueger was the General Manager and Head Coach of VEU Feldkirch in the Austrian 1st Division from 1991-1998. Under his leadership, they were a five-time Austrian Champion, three-time Alpenleague Champion and the 1998 European Champion.

Krueger played his major junior hockey in the WCHL with New Westminster and Calgary before playing in the German 1st Division from 1979-1989. He was also part of the German National Team from 1981-1986 in which the he participated in the World Championship twice.

Krueger, who wrote a German best-seller called "TEAMLIFE – Over Setbacks to Success", has also served as a European Consultant with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005 until now.

He and his wife, Glenda, have a son, Justin, who was drafted by Carolina in 2006 and a daughter, Geena.
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What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp