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Ralph Krueger
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Düsseldorfer EG
Schwenningen ERC
SC Riessersee
ECD Sauerland
Starbulls Rosenheim
Born August 31 1959 (1959-08-31) (age 57),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Pro Career 1979 – 1991

Ralph Krueger (born August 31, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a German-Canadian ice hockey coach from Steinbach, Manitoba, currently serving as the Associate Coach for the Edmonton Oilers, of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the coach of the Swiss men's national ice hockey team from the 1997/1998 season until the end of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010.[1] Prior to being hired by the Oilers, Krueger had been a scouting consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes.[2]

Player Edit

Ralph Krueger played 350 matches in the German Bundesliga, accumulating 187 goals and 186 assists. In the 1980/81 season, as a member of Düsseldorfer EG, he led the league in scoring with 103 points. He also played 45 matches for the West German national ice hockey team.

Playing Statistics Edit

Season Team League GP G A Pt Pen
1978/79 New Westminster Bruins WHL 3 2 0 2 10
1978/79 Calgary Wranglers WHL 76 35 60 95 83
1979/80 Düsseldorfer EG 1. Bundesliga 42 17 16 33 34
1980/81 Düsseldorfer EG 1. Bundesliga 46 52 51 103 41
1982/83 Schwenninger ERC 1. Bundesliga 36 20 20 40 50
1983/84 Schwenninger ERC 1. Bundesliga 46 21 20 41 24
1984/85 ECD Sauerland 1. Bundesliga 45 36 29 65 44
1986/87 Düsseldorfer EG 1. Bundesliga 44 26 24 50 40
1987/88 Düsseldorfer EG 1. Bundesliga 43 14 22 36 32

Coach Edit

Krueger began his coaching career as an assistant with EV Duisburg of the German second league. Between 1994 and 1998 he led VEU Feldkirch to five straight Austrian championships, culminating in Feldkirch becoming champions in 1998 of the European Ice Hockey League, made up of the champions of various European leagues. This experience later encouraged him to author a motivational book.[3] After the successes with the Austrian team, he took over as full-time head coach of the Swiss national ice hockey team, having split his time between Feldkirch and Switzerland in 1998. His tenure with the Swiss national team has also seen some notable successes.


Ralph Krueger's Swiss national teams have achieved the following places in the respective tournaments:

Year Tournament Site Place
1998 IHWC Basel & Zurich, Switzerland 4.
1999 IHWC Lillehammer & Oslo, Norway 8.
2000 IHWC Saint Petersburg & Moskow, Russia 5.
2001 IHWC Nürnberg & Köln & Hannover, Germany 9.
2002 Olympics Salt Lake City, U.S. 11.
2002 IHWC Göteborg & Karlstad & Jonköping, Sweden 11.
2003 IHWC Helsinki & Tampere & Turku, Finland 8.
2004 IHWC Prague, Czech Republic 8.
2005 IHWC Vienna & Innsbruck, Austria 8.
2006 Olympics Turin, Italy 6.
2006 IHWC Riga, Latvia 9.
2007 IHWC Moscow & Mytishchi, Russia 8.
2008 IHWC Halifax & Quebec City, Canada 7.
2009 IHWC Bern & Kloten, Switzerland 9.
2010 Olympics Vancouver, Canada 8.

NHL Coaching Career Edit

On July 30, 2010, Krueger was named as the new Associate Coach of the Edmonton Oilers.[4]

Personal life Edit

His son Justin is currently a member of the German men's national ice hockey team, playing in his first international tournament at that level in the 2010 IIHF World Championship.[5][6]

References Edit

  1. Swiss a revelation in Krueger's last tournament. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  2. Merk, Martin (2010-08-09). Swiss duo in Edmonton. IIHF.com. Retrieved on 2010-08-09.
  3. Ralph Krueger: Teamlife - Über Niederlagen zum Erfolg; Werd Verlag, Zürich 2001; ISBN 3859323571
  4. Oilers name Ralph Krueger Associate Coach
  5. Team Roster Germany, May 2010
  6. Krueger cheers for son. Alan Adams, IIHF website, 10 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.

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