Voltigeurs Sign New Head Coach
Per Radio-Canada, the Drummondville Voltigeurs will announce that Martin Raymond will be their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday, June 25th.
Raymond – who was a force with the McGill Redmen in the late 80’s – was an assistant for Guy Boucher in Tampa Bay from 2010 to last season. The 46-year-old will replace Mario Duhamel, who left after 4 years behind the Voltigeur bench to be an assistant with Patrick Roy in Colorado.
After chalking up an astounding 203 points in 116 games, Raymond spent 14 more years with the Redmen, turning them into a hockey power house and perennial contenders.
“Martin Raymond is an extraordinary coach who built an exceptional program at McGill” Guy Boucher told La Press. The two forged a bond their university coaching days at McGill. “He is very competitive and has great values” said Boucher.
“I am convinced he will succeed in the QMJHL.” said the Former Lightning head coach.
Boucher liked Raymond so much, he took him on board during the 2009-10 season when he was coaching the Hamilton Bulldogs and then again when he got his job with the Lightning.
Boucher was fired by the Lightning mid-way through last season and Raymond chose not to stay on with the Lightning. Raymond will also work with GM Dominic Ricard in the Centre Marcel Dionne.
The club hopes to improve on their first round playoff exit last season at the hands of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Voltigeurs will open their 2013-14 campaign on Friday, September 13th at home against the Huskies.