Alain Raymond, goaltender for the Tois-Rivieres Draveurs, was selected 224th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to the Draveurs for the next two seasons. He led the QMJHL in shutouts for 1983-84 and 1984-85. In June 1985 Raymond was signed by the Capitals but played for the Canadian National Team.
The following season he joined the Fort Wayne Komets and shared the James Norris Memorial Trophy with Michel Dufour for fewest goals against average. Heading into the final days of November 1987 Alain was again dueling for the IHL goals against average lead when he was called to Washington. An injury to Pete Peeters forced the Caps to call up the young netminder to back up Clint Malarchuk.
On December 9, 1987, Alain Raymond made his NHL debut. Malarchuk coughed up three goals to the Hartford Whalers before giving way to Raymond at the start of the second period. Coach Bryan Murray sent him out to settle the team down after its poor start. For the second period the move worked as the Capitals knotted the score at 4. At 9:07 of the third, Kevin Dineen blew past two defensemen before flipping the puck between Raymond's pads for the winner. The next day Raymond was returned to Fort Wayne due to Peeters return to the lineup. On his way out he said "I' m happy I got a chance to play. That should help me when I come back."
Alain returned to the Capitals after Christmas but sat on the bench until early in the New Year. Peeters went down again on February 27, 1988, which prompted another recall for backup duty. The final call up came in the opening round of the playoffs when Peeters took a shot to the fore head by New Jersey Devil forward John MacLean. Raymond finished the series by taking shots in practice. For 1988-89, Alain Raymond had two more chances with the big club. In October he came in to back up Malarchuk following Pete Peeters' groin injury during a Capital practice. During the playoffs he was retained as netminding insurance. Raymond signed with the St. Louis Blues in 1990. He had one more NHL call up at the end of February 1991 before retiring as an active player in 1992