Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/2/2010 (2595 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I was at the game tonight versus the Swiss, and while we won, they were a handful. I pin it all on coaching. Their coaching.
The Swiss coach, Ralph Krueger, is from Steinbach. Never underestimate an anyone from Steinbach. I’m sure the U of M Volleyball programs would not be as succesful were it not for influx of Steinbachers. We used to play hockey against the Steinbach Millers. I think that’s what they were called. We would lose, but were happy because we got to travel to what at that time was our only road game in a place that had a McDonald’s. That has nothing to do with this evenings game, but I’m just pointing it out because I remember it being a good time.
Ralph Krueger once tallied 103 points in 46 games in the German league as a player. The season was 1980/81. If he had done that in the NHL, where they played 80 games, he would have the exact same number of points Wayne Gretzky had that year. 164. Ralph Krueger is as good as Wayne Gretzky.
Coach Krueger has a best–selling book in Europe called "Team Life: Over Losses to Success". That is a terrible name for a book, but in spite of that, people bought it because they consider him a smart man. If you can sell a book with a super awkward title, you’re really something.
Many who associate with Ralph Krueger call him "Coach K". Another coach that goes by the nickname "Coach K" is Michael William Krzyzewski, who just so happens to have coached the Duke basketball team to a record of 855 wins against 278 losses over his tenure. If you are called "Coach K" then you are a great coach. Period.
Steinbach was founded in 1874 by German–speaking Mennonite settlers from Russia. You know who is good at hockey? Russians are.