May 15, 2019 | 9:00am ET
SABRES NAME KRUEGER HEAD COACH
The Buffalo Sabres have named Ralph Krueger as the 19th head coach in franchise history.
“Throughout his career, Ralph has shown the ability to adapt to a variety of high-pressure environments while leading some of the world's elite players,” Sabres GM Jason Botterill said in a statement. “His strong communication skills, leadership and diverse background make him a uniquely qualified candidate to lead our team going forward.”
Krueger, who just spent over five seasons as the Chairman of Southampton Football Club, last coached Team Europe during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, finishing in second place.
In 2014, he won a gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia as a consultant to Team Canada's coaching staff.
“I am excited and honored to join the Buffalo Sabres family and will strive to maximize the potential that lies within this team,” Krueger said. “I look forward to building on the many positives that have been established within the organization and I am especially eager to get behind the bench and represent this passionate hockey city.”
At the NHL level, Krueger was named head coach of the Edmonton Oilers prior to the 2012-13 season after spending the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns as the team’s associate coach. Prior to his time in Edmonton, Krueger served as a European Consultant for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2005 to 2010, capturing a Stanley Cup in 2006.