Ralph Krueger, who coached the Swiss national ice hockey team from 1997 until the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has joined the Edmonton Oilers in Canada as associate coach.
The 50-year-old Canadian joined head coach Tom Renney’s staff on a two-year deal and starts work on September 1.
“I’m really happy to be able to coach in the NHL [National Hockey League],” Krueger said in a statement. “I see my recruitment as a great compliment to Swiss ice hockey and the great progress it has made in recent years.”
Krueger, a Canadian and former player in Germany’s Bundesliga, dramatically improved the standing of the Swiss squad, transforming them into a top-eight team. He was replaced by another Canadian, Zurich’s ZSC Lions coach Sean Simpson.
His highlights in Switzerland included beating the Canadian national team at the 2006 Turin Olympics and a win over hosts Russia at the 2000 World Championships.
The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the NHL.
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