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Lightning coach inducted to pantheon by alma mater

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

MONTREAL - Martin Raymond, an assistant coach with the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning, headlines a new cast of six inductees selected for the McGill Sports Hall of Fame, bringing the list of honoured members to 107 since the pantheon opened in 1996.

Raymond, an all-Canadian forward from Pierrefonds, Que., who graduated as the second-leading scorer in the McGill hockey record books, later went on to become the all-time winningest coach in McGill history. Other honourees include All-Canadian soccer players Natalie Ioanidis of Beaconsfield, Que., and Marc Mounicot, a native of France who currently serves as head coach of the McGill women's soccer team. Inducted posthumously will be Rocky Robillard, a football and hockey star originally from Ottawa and the late Dr. Ross Hill, a Montrealer who will be inducted in the builder category.

Rounding out the new slate is McGill's 1997 national championship men's soccer team, which posted a 10-6-6 record overall, including an upset victory over heavily-favoured UBC in the CIS gold medal game.

The induction luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13 2011, kicks off the University's Homecoming Week celebrations. Tickets for the event are $65 and can be reserved by contacting the McGill Alumni Association at 514-398-8288.

Submissions for future inductions can be made by obtaining a nomination brochure from Kathryn Weaver at kathryn.weaver@mcgill.ca. A list of previous inductees can be found online at www.mcgill.ca/athletics/varsitysports/athletes/hof/inductees/.

The selection committee, chaired by Richard Pound, was composed of a group representing students, administrative staff, university officials and alumni, including Prof. David Covo, Tom Thompson, Mike Nelson, Dawson Tilley, Sally McDougall, Gael Eakin, Bob Winsor, Gayle Noble, Robert Watt, Stephen Lloyd, Matthew Chesser, Leanne Roach, Drew Love (secretary), Kathryn Weaver (recording secretary) and Earl Zukerman (research coordinator).

NOTE: A profile of each new inductee will be featured online daily at www.mcgill.ca/athletics

PROFILE OF MARTIN RAYMOND

Martin Raymond, a native of Pierrefonds, Que., played five seasons for the McGill Redmen, earning all-conference honours three times and All-Canadian status in his final season (1991-92) when he served as team captain. He finished his playing career as McGill’s all-time assist leader with 144 (now ranked second), is still third in career points (253 in 154 games) and third in career goals (109).

Raymond was also a member of the bronze medal-winning Team Canada squad 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 also won two annual Molson Cups as the McGill hockey team’s leader in three star selections.

Raymond graduated from McGill in 1990 with a bachelor of education and returned to work on a master’s degree in physical education. He played professional hockey in Germany (EA Schongau) for one season before returning to McGill in 1993 to complete his master’s degree, which he finished in 1996.

A recipient of the R.E. Wilkinson Award in 1991, given annually to a McGill graduate student who best combines academic merit and exceptional leadership, Raymond is only the sixth team captain in McGill hockey history to be named head coach. He served for three years as an assistant coach with the Redmen then took over the head coaching duties for the next 14 years, becoming the all-time winningest coach in McGill University hockey history. He finished the 2008-09 season with a lifetime 293-192-35 record overall (.597) in 520 career games as McGill's bench boss, including a 206-110-30 mark (.639) in 346 regular season contests and a 33-26 record in 59 post-season affairs.

In 2005-06, Raymond became the first McGill coach to win the Father George Kehoe memorial award as CIS coach of the year in men's hockey. He was also honoured as Quebec coach of the year by the Foundation for Quebec University Athletics, after guiding the Redmen to a stunning 20-1-3 regular season record and their second straight divisional title en route to winning the OUA East championship in 2005-06. The back-to-back, first-place finishes marked the first time since 1946 that McGill had finished atop the standings.

Raymond is a four-time OUA East coach-of-the-year recipient. He won the award in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2009. He first won the award in 1999-00 after leading McGill to a school record for wins with a 21-5-0 second-place finish.

During his tenure at McGill, he produced 29 players who have gone on to playing careers in pro hockey, including one in the NHL (Mathieu Darche) and five others with stints in the AHL (Greg Davis, Pierre Gendron, Daniel Jacob, David Urquhart, Jean-Michel Daoust).

He also coached the Quebec provincial team to a bronze medal at the 2004 under-17 world hockey championships in St. John's, Nfld. At the pro level, he coached the Roller Hockey International’s Montreal Roadrunners for two summers in addition to running the Montreal Canadiens rookie camp in 1997.

He left McGill in 2009 to serves as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and after that season, made the jump to the NHL, where he was appointed to Guy Boucher’s coaching staff in 2010.

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