Martin Raymond was hired by the Lightning as assistant coach on July 20, 2010 after previously serving under Head Coach Guy Boucher with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL during the 2009-10 season. Raymond’s previous work with Boucher, as well as fellow assistant Daniel Lacroix, brings an unsurpassed level of familiarity in terms of both values and philosophy.
Raymond served as the head coach of the McGill University Redmen for 14 seasons prior to joining the Bulldogs. Most recently he led the Redmen to an 18-8-2 record and an OUA East Conference title as well as a berth in the CIS National Championship, their second year in a row in 2008-09. While at McGill, Raymond amassed a 293-192-35 record in 520 games, including 206-110-30 during the regular season. In 2008 he helped the Redmen bring home the Queen’s Cup league championship for the first time since 1946. It was at McGill where Raymond first met, and became close with, Coach Boucher.
A native of Pierrefonds, Quebec, Raymond received numerous honors while behind the bench at McGill. He was given the Father George Kehoe Memorial Award in 2006 and was named the OUA Eastern Coach of the Year in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009.
Before beginning his coaching career Raymond played five seasons at McGill, registering 109 goals and 253 points in 154 career games. He garnered all-conference honors on three occasions and All-Canadian status in 1991-92, his final season. Raymond was also named McGill’s male athlete of the year and team MVP that season. He also won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 1991 Spengler Cup.
Raymond received a master’s degree in physical education in 1996 and is also a former teammate of Boucher’s, who played at McGill as well from 1991-95.