On Wednesday, the Oilers appointed associate head coach Ralph Krueger as the new bench boss.
Previously the long time head coach of the Swiss National Team (1997-2010), Krueger was Switzerland’s head coach when they shocked Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
A native of Winnipeg, Krueger spent seven seasons playing in Germany and his son Justin is presently on the German National Team.
Krueger also has NHL experience as a scout with the Carolina Hurricanes.
In deciding Krueger, the Oilers named the associate coach the head coach for a second consecutive time. Tom Renney previously replaced Pat Quinn when he was the associate head coach.
Many expected that Brent Sutter would be the next Oilers head coach. But I feel he was out of the running when Canada failed to win a medal at the recent World Hockey Championships in Finland.