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

Ralph Krueger.

Ralph Krueger grimaces during a news conference where he was introduced as the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey team in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)


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.