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Ralph Krueger (born August 31, 1959 in Winnipeg, Canada) is a German-Canadian ice hockey coach. He has been the coach of the Swiss men's national ice hockey team since the 1997/1998 season.

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Player

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

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Playing Statistics

Season Team League GP G A Pt Pen
1978/79 New Westminster Bruins WHA 3 2 0 2 10
1978/79 Calgary Wranglers WHA 76 35 60 95 83
1979/80 DEG Metro Stars 1. Bundesliga 42 17 16 33 34
1980/81 DEG Metro Stars 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 Iserlohn Roosters 1. Bundesliga 45 36 29 65 44
1986/87 DEG Metro Stars 1. Bundesliga 44 26 24 50 40
1987/88 DEG Metro Stars 1. Bundesliga 43 14 22 36 32

Coach

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. After these successes he took over the post of head coach of the Swiss national ice hockey team full-time, 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 N√ľrnberg & K√∂ln & Hannover, Germany 9.
2002 Olympics Salt Lake City, U.S. 11.
2002 IHWC Göteborg & Karlsberg & Jonköping, Sweden 11.
2003 IHWC Helsinki & Tampere & Turku, Finland 8.
2004 IHWC Prague, Czech Republic 8.
2005 WC Vienna & Innsbruck, Austria 8.
2006 Olympics Turin, Italy 6.
2006 WC Riga, Latvia 9.
2007 WC Moscow & Mytishchi, Russia 8.
2008 WC Halifax & Quebec City, Canada 7.
2009 WC Bern & Kloten, Switzerland 9.
2010 Olympics Vancouver, Canada  ?
2010 WC Cologne & Mannheim, Germany  ?

References

Ralph Krueger: Teamlife - √úber Niederlagen zum Erfolg; Werd Verlag, Z√ľrich 2001; ISBN 3859323571


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