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Oilers name Ralph Krueger Associate Coach

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
IHead coach Ralph Krueger of Switzerland talks to the referee during the game against Sweden in the IIHF World Men's Championships quarterfinal game at the Olympic Hall on May 12, 2005 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Ralph Krueger Associate Coach with the hockey club.

Krueger, 50, brings with him a wealth of experience as a coach in Germany and Switzerland and will complement Head Coach Tom Renney and assistants Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith.

“Ralph possesses a vast array of hockey knowledge and certainly will be invaluable to our team,” said Tambellini. “We know that his motivational skills and positive outlook will be instrumental in the future success of our hockey club.

Krueger was most recently 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 Alpen league 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 (23), who was drafted by Carolina in 2006 and a daughter, Geena (20).

Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, ATB Financial, TELUS, Cenovus Energy and Ford.
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