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Ice hockey coach moves to Edmonton Oilers

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.

This content was published on July 31, 2010 - 11:52

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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