Krueger, 53, is entering his third season with the Oilers and his first as an NHL head coach. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was in charge of running the defense and the special teams last season, helping the team's power-play vault to third in the NHL with a 20.6-percent success rate.
Prior to joining the Oilers, Krueger was the Head Coach of the Swiss National Team from 1997-2010. He led the team to 12 World Championships and three Olympics and moved the country up eight spots in the IIHF world rankings, from 15th to 7th during his tenure. Krueger helped Switzerland earn sixth place finishes at both the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
From 1991 to 1998, he was the General Manager and Head Coach of VEU Feldkirch in Austria's First Division. Between the Austrian, Alpenleague and European Champions League title in 1998, nine championships were won under his guidance and leadership.
Krueger played his major junior hockey in the WCHL with New Westminster and Calgary before playing in the German 1st Division from 1979-1989. He was also part of the German National Team from 1981-1986 in which the he participated in the World Championship twice.
Krueger, who wrote a German / French best-seller called “TEAMLIFE – Over Setbacks to Success” in 2001, also served as a European Consultant with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005 until 2010, winning a Stanley Cup ring with the Hurricanes in 2006. In addition, Krueger is a member of the Global Agenda Council, “New Models of Leadership”, an arm of the World Ecomomic Forum, since 2010.
He and his wife, Glenda, have a son, Justin (25), who was drafted by Carolina in 2006 and a daughter, Geena (22).