A successful business figure with a passion for hockey, Senator Donat Raymond was the driving force behind professional hockey in Montreal for nearly half a century. His work with the Canadian Arena Company and the Canadiens hockey club earned him a permanent slot among the sports icons of that city.
The native of St. Stanislas de Kostka, Quebec moved to Montreal after attending Valleyfield College. He worked his way up through the ranks of the Montreal hospitality business and eventually assumed part ownership of the Queen's and Windsor Hotels.
After accumulating sufficient wealth, Raymond spearheaded the formation of the Canadian Arena Company of which he was president from 1923 to 1955. The first major task of the new enterprise was the contraction of a new rink for the Canadiens hockey club in the late 1960s.
A high profile member of the community, Raymond was heavily involved in horse racing and served on the Board of Governors of the University of Montreal and Notre Dame hospital. He also served on the executive of a host of prominent businesses such as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Canadian International Paper Co., and Dominion Glass Limited. Raymond was appointed to the Senate as a Liberal on December 20, 1926 and held this position until his death on June 5, 1963.
Raymond was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1958.