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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.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery