Ralph Krueger ( born August 31, 1959 in Winnipeg, Manitoba ) is a retired German - Canadian ice hockey player and current coach. From the 1997/98 season up to the Olympic Winter Games 2010, he coached the Swiss national ice hockey team. He then moved to North America, where he worked first as an assistant coach before to June 2013 took over the position as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers of June 2012. He was the first German head coach in the National Hockey League.
Since January 2014 Ralph Krueger is a member of the management team of the football club FC Southampton in the Premier League.
- 2.1 statistics as a player
- 2.2 Coaches Stats
As a player
Ralph Krueger graduated as a player 350 games as a striker in the hockey league. He scored 187 goals and recorded 186 thereby assists. In the 1980/81 season he was wearing the jersey the Dusseldorf EC scorer with 22 points in the final round. In the season 1985/86 he reached with the ECD Iserlohn the play-off semi-finals and the best result, which is a Hockey Club scored from the Sauerland region. Krueger graduated in his career 45 games for the German national team.
As a coach
His coaching career began Krueger as player-coach of the German second division side Duisburg SV, 1989; because all the necessary license was still missing at this time, the coaching job was "officially" dressed by Jiří Hanzl. Krueger left Duisburg in the following year, after leading the team earlier in the promotion round to the Bundesliga, because of disagreements with the club management. Between 1994 and 1998 he won the Austrian team VEU Feldkirch five consecutive times, the Austrian Cup. With the same team he won also three times the Alps league. To top it follows the 1998 victory in the European Hockey League, where all the European masters of the best leagues participated. After these successes he took over the post of coach of the Swiss national team fully professional and retired as a club coach back ( in the year before he coached successfully in addition to Feldkirch also Switzerland ). He celebrated with this team notable successes.
In October 2009 it was announced that he will be replaced for season 2010/11 by Sean Simpson as coach. At the end, he handed the office after 13 years of occupation after the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February 2010. In July 2010, Krueger was engaged as associate coach of the Edmonton Oilers. On 27 June 2012, he was appointed head coach of the Oilers. After just one season Krueger but was released already in June 2013 from his post.
In June 2013 Krueger was hired by Hockey Canada as a special advisor to best prepare for the Canadian Men's National Team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
As of February 2014 Krueger acted as advisor to the Southampton FC of the English Premier League, before he was appointed at a general meeting as Chairman of the association on 12 March 2014.
Statistics as a player
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )
The following courses Ralph Krueger reached with the Swiss national team to the respective Tournaments: