Coach Ralph Krueger at the 2013 Edmonton Oilers training camp
August 31, 1959 |
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Düsseldorfer EG
|National team||West Germany|
Ralph Krueger (born August 31, 1959) is a German-Canadian former professional ice hockey coach and player. He was the coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 2012/2013 season, and the Swiss men's national ice hockey team from the 1997/1998 season until the end of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010.
Born in Winnipeg, Krueger was raised in Steinbach, Manitoba. His son Justin is currently a member of the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Justin played for Germany men's national ice hockey team at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
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.
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. 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. Krueger was also a scouting consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Krueger joined the Oilers as associate coach in 2010. He was named the team's head coach on June 27, 2012 following the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. On June 8, 2013, the Oilers announced that they had relieved Krueger of his coaching duties.
|1978/1979||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||3||2||0||2||10|
|1979/1980||Düsseldorfer EG||1. Bundesliga||42||17||16||33||34|
|1980/1981||Düsseldorfer EG||1. Bundesliga||46||52||51||103||41|
|1982/1983||Schwenninger ERC||1. Bundesliga||36||20||20||40||50|
|1983/1984||Schwenninger ERC||1. Bundesliga||46||21||20||41||24|
|1984/1985||ECD Sauerland||1. Bundesliga||45||36||29||65||44|
|1986/1987||Düsseldorfer EG||1. Bundesliga||44||26||24||50||40|
|1987/1988||Düsseldorfer EG||1. Bundesliga||43||14||22||36||32|
Ralph Krueger's Swiss national teams have achieved the following places in the respective tournaments:
|1998||IHWC||Basel / Zurich, Switzerland||4.|
|1999||IHWC||Lillehammer / Oslo, Norway||8.|
|2000||IHWC||Saint Petersburg / Moscow, Russia||5.|
|2001||IHWC||Nuremberg / Cologne / Hannover, Germany||9.|
|2002||Olympics||Salt Lake City, U.S.||11.|
|2002||IHWC||Gothenburg / Karlsberg / Jonköping, Sweden||11.|
|2003||IHWC||Helsinki / Tampere / Turku, Finland||8.|
|2004||IHWC||Prague, Czech Republic||8.|
|2005||IHWC||Vienna / Innsbruck, Austria||8.|
|2007||IHWC||Moscow / Mytishchi, Russia||8.|
|2008||IHWC||Halifax / Quebec City, Canada||7.|
|2009||IHWC||Bern / Kloten, Switzerland||9.|
- Swiss a revelation in Krueger's last tournament. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- Team Roster Germany, May 2010
- Krueger cheers for son. Alan Adams, IIHF website, 10 May 2010. Retrieved 2 Jan 2011.
- Ralph Krueger: Teamlife - Über Niederlagen zum Erfolg; Werd Verlag, Zürich 2001; ISBN 3-85932-357-1
- Merk, Martin (2010-08-09). "Swiss duo in Edmonton". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2 Jan 2011.
- Kelly, Malcolm (2013-06-08). "Edmonton Oilers fire Ralph Krueger as head coach". CBC. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- Ralph Krueger's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Ralph Krueger – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
|Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers