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Report: Ralph Krueger is on Canada’s Olympic coaching staff

Jul 21, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

Ralph Krueger. AP

Ralph Krueger experienced a tough break in being fired as the Edmonton Oilers’ head coach after only one season, but his luck hasn’t been all bad. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports that he’ll have some sort of role on Team Canada’s 2014 Winter Olympics coaching staff.

It’s unclear what exact title the 53-year-old will carry.

Krueger has a considerable background in international competition, though much of that experience didn’t come with Canada. He was the head coach of the Swiss national team from 1997-2010.

Shannon backs up earlier reports that Mike Babcock will be the head coach while Ken Hitchcock, Claude Julien and Lindy ruff will serve as assistants.

  1. donniesd - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I never felt that Kruger was the guy for the Oilers, but he didn’t deserve to get canned after one year. That being said Dallas Eakins might just be the guy…

  2. blomfeld - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM


    I think I mentioned once before here that a Saturday Hockey Night in Canada ‘After Hours’ interview with Ralph Krueger this past season, was one of the most ‘intelligent’ conversations that I’ve ever heard from an NHL coach. He struck me as a ‘quality’ individual who was blessed with creativity, enterprise and initiative. And then comes along some has been ‘vehicular murderer’ and pop goes the balloon. That was truly a shame and a very unfortunate setback for the Oilers, though they’re now sure to reap what they’ve sowed. At any rate, it’s nice to see this ‘quality’ individual bounce back like this so quickly. Best of luck to the man !

    ps: sorry, but ‘not’ so much luck is wished for McTavish and the Oilers 😦

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