TORONTO – Martin Raymond, an assistant coach with the Canadian national junior team, became the third McGill University grad to win gold as part of the staff at the IIHF’s world junior championship, Monday, when Canada edged Russia 5-4 in a thriller at the Air Canada Centre.
A 47-year-old native of Pierrefonds, Que., and resident of Ste-Basile-le-Grand, Que., Raymond joins fellow McGillians Mike Babcock (1996-97) and Guy Boucher (2008-09) who previously claimed gold while serving as head and assistant coaches, respectively, with the high-profile junior squad. They are among an elite list of five former McGill players who went on to coaching stints with the national junior program, a list that also includes Real Paiement (1996-1998) and George Burnett (1998-99, 2010-2012).
Raymond is currently in his second season as bench boss of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs following stints as an assistant with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and AHL’s Syracuse Crunch and Hamilton Bulldogs.
A 2011 inductee to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame, Raymond graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of education, followed by a master’s degree in physical education (1996). He played five seasons as a left-winger with the Redmen, earning all-conference honours three times and All-Canadian status in his final season (1991-92) when he served as team captain. Raymond also won a bronze medal while playing for Team Canada at the 1991 Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland. He received the Forbes Trophy in 1992 as McGill’s male athlete of the year and the Bobby Bell Trophy as Team MVP in 1991-92 after leading the Redmen in scoring with 34-37-71 in 36 games. He played professional hockey in Germany (EA Schongau) for one season after finishing a brilliant playing career at the CIS level, graduating as McGill’s all-time assist leader with 144 (now ranked second), is still listed third in career points (253 in 154 games) and third in career goals (109).
He then spent three years as an assistant coach with the Redmen before taking over the head coaching duties for the next 14 years and became the all-time winningest coach in McGill hockey history, posting a lifetime 293-192-35 record overall (.597) in 520 career games behind the bench at McGill, including a 206-110-30 mark (.639) in 346 regular season contests and a 33-26 record in 59 post-season affairs. He merited CIS coach-of-the-year honours in 2005-06 and two years later, guided McGill to their first Queen’s Cup league title since 1946.
Raymond also served as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament and guided the Quebec provincial team to a bronze medal at the 2004 under-17 world hockey championships in St. John’s, Nfld. He served as bench boss of the Roller Hockey International’s Montreal Roadrunners for two summers in addition to running the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp in 1997.