It's not often we see a coach for a European national team get a shot at the NHL, but after stepping down as head coach of the Swiss national team after the 2010 Olympics, Ralph Krueger will now be the associate coach of the Edmonton Oilers, working with Tom Renney. Renney is also a familiar name in international hockey circles, as he has been part of Canada's coaching staff for 10 World Championships and the 1994 Olympics. Renney was the associate coach to Pat Quinn last year in Edmonton. In Krueger's tenure as head coach, Switzerland failed to make the playoffs (final 8) only 5 times at 15 major tournaments, despite taking rosters that were almost entirely from Switzerland's National League A. The Swiss' best showing was 4th in the 1998 IIHF World Championships. The Swiss' consistent showing under Krueger have helped Switzerland improve their world ranking to 7th, ahead of Krueger's national side from his playing days, Germany, as well as Slovakia. His son, Justin, was a forward for Germany at this past year's IIHF World Championships as well.