Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Armand Raymond
Armand Raymond policed more than just hockey bluelines. Outside the game he was a member of the Quebec Provincial Police with stints as a traffic officer and detective to his credit. As a defenseman, Raymond had long held the attention of the Montreal Canadiens. By the time the Canadiens signed Armand to a professional contract on February 21, 1938, the defenseman was a 200-pound bruiser.

Ceci Hart signed Raymond to allow Babe Siebert time to heal is injured knee and to give the Canadiens four healthy defensemen. Armand played a steady game in his NHL debut the next night. He drew a second period tripping penalty against the Bruins on February 24, 1938. Almost nine minutes into the third period Raymond fed a pass to George Mantha, who was streaking down the left lane. Mantha rapped the puck over to Johnny Gagnon, who split the defense and scored the game-tying marker. The assist was Armand Raymond's first NHL point. He would collect his second assist three weeks later against the Montreal Maroons. The defenseman stayed with the Canadiens in the post-season for their series against Chicago.

Raymond was a checking machine until he laid his left shoulder into Earl Seibert. Fortunately, the Canadiens hung on for a 6-4 victory. Earl Seibert continued to cause Raymond trouble in Game 2. Seibert scored the first goal of the game after using Armand as a pylon and, in the third period, deflecting a shot off Raymond's leg for Chicago's second goal. With time winding down Seibert broke in again. This time Raymond hauled the Black Hawk down to avoid the sure score. Armand was assessed a penalty and Mush March was given a penalty shot on the play. March missed and the Canadiens killed off the penalty.

In the final game Armand Raymond broke his stick during play. Johnny Gottselig scored while Raymond tried vainly to steal the puck. The Hawks captured the series with a 3-2 overtime win. Armand Raymond returned two seasons later to an 8-21-3 Canadiens club. A badly bruised hand slowed Raymond for the remainder of the season. Armand was not part of the last place Habs rebuilding plans and retired two years later.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1931-32 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCJHL 10 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 0 8
1932-33 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCJHL 10 1 0 1 15 2 0 0 0 2
1933-34 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCJHL 7 1 1 2 20
1933-34 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCHL 13 2 0 2 36
1934-35
1935-36 Atlantic City Sea Gulls EAHL 21 0 4 4 14 8 1 1 2 6
1936-37 Montreal Sr. Canadiens QSHL 21 3 3 6 30 2 0 0 0 4
1937-38 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 0 1 1 10
1937-38 Montreal Concordia MCHL 21 6 7 13 32 1 0 0 0 2
1938-39 Montreal Concordia MCHL
1939-40 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 0 1 1 0
1939-40 Providence Reds IAHL 22 0 4 4 14
1940-41 St-Jerome Papermakers QPHL 33 18 20 38 86 8 2 5 7 6
1940-41 St-Jerome Papermakers Al-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1941-42 Shawinigan Cataracts QPHL 28 1 21 22 40 10 1 1 2 12
NHL Totals 22 0 2 2 10


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