Coach Fired Via Skype: Krueger Out As Oilers Skipper

    June 10, 2013

Nobody likes getting fired, but the way its done can have a huge impact on the experience. Hang around the internet long enough, and you’ll read stories about people getting fired in all sorts of creative ways: over Facebook, Twitter, text message, or even Skype.

Skype was the weapon of choice for the upper management of the Edmonton Oilers NHL team. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish contacted head coach Ralph Krueger via Skype over the weekend to let him know that the Oilers organization “felt it was necessary to hire a new head coach,” Krueger told Ryan Rishaug of TSN.

Krueger, who was just finishing up his first season with the Oilers, received the call while on vacation in Switzerland with his family. He said that MacTavish had contacted him to ask that Krueger accept a friend request on Skype so that they could talk. Krueger described the conversation as “short.”

The Oilers went 19-22-7 this season, which was shortened by a player strike. Krueger was the Oilers third head coach in four years. There is no word yet on who the next head coach might be.