Ralph Krueger is trading in sports.
The former Edmonton Oilers coach has been named the new director of Southampton.
Most recently acting as an consultant to Steve Yzerman's gold medal-winning Canadian Olympic hockey team in Sochi, Krueger, who also coached the Swiss national team, has no previous experience with soccer at any level.
"This is the start of a new world for me," Krueger told BBC Sport.
One thing Krueger doesn't intend to do is meddle in manager Mauricio Pochettino's on-pitch affairs.
"I've got to come in gently. We don't need sudden changes of direction. What Mauricio doesn't need is someone getting involved day-to-day," Krueger said. "He and his staff need space so they can continue to grow the group. I've met Mauricio; he's very honest, a strong personality and he has strong values. I will stay in my place. He should feel comfortable."
Though inexperienced in the soccer world, Krueger has a wealth of sports experience that he hope can translate outside of hockey. In 2011, Krueger was appointed a member of the World Economic Forum and has been key in the development of new leadership models.
"My strengths are sport-specific on the hockey team-building side, but other strengths are on the leadership side," said Krueger, who coached the Oilers last season. "We need to take the whole leadership side to a different level."
Saints currently sit ninth in the Barclays Premier League table and are next in action on Saturday when they host Liverpool.