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Oilers broke up with Ralph Krueger via Skype

Former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

Former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger. (IAN KUCERAK/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

EDMONTON - Ralph Krueger was fired by Skype.

Never fired before. And he became the first coach in hockey history to be fired by Skype.

"I'd never been fired in 24 years as a hockey coach and it was the first time I'd had a conversation with Craig MacTavish by Skype," said Krueger in a telephone interview at 10:50 a.m. Edmonton time Sunday, the exact same time that he was "blindsided" by the very brief exchange with the Oilers new general manager.

"I definitely did not see it coming," said Krueger.

"Craig and I spent a good part of the week together at the world championships in both Helsinki and Stockholm. There were eight or nine days on the road together with no sign of dismissal," said the coach, who has two years remaining on his contract.

"It was Thursday, about this time in my time zone here in Switzerland when I had my Skype with Craig. I was taking a three week break after the world championships and scheduled to come back to work in Edmonton June 21.

"I was just setting up the schedule for the season in my office when the call came.

"The strange thing is one second you are 100% an Oiler and then you are 100% out. At one second you are all in and then you are out. It was a surprise."


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