This is the 23rd in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Sunday: Mike Haviland of the Trenton Titans
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by Bakersfield’s Marty Raymond.
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
San Diego Sports Arena
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Who is the person you admire most?
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
John Candy, Phil Hartman and Bill Murray (you get the point!)
Marty Raymond is in his first full season as head coach and director of hockey operations for Bakersfield. The 39-year-old Raymond took over as coach on February 26, 2004 and led the team to a 6-9-2 record in the final 17 games of 2003-04. He has been with the Condors organization since February 20, 2002 when he was named associated coach. The Condors record with Raymond behind the bench is 77-67-18. He was behind the bench in 2002-03 when the Condors went 41-22-9 and set more than 30 individual and team records, including wins (41) and points (91). Raymond took over Phoenix of the West Coast Hockey League in 1999-2000 helping the team go 22-5-1 in its final 28 games, including 10-2 in the postseason and the league title. He was head coach of Tucson in the WCHL in 1997-98. Raymond played five seasons in Sweden, including three in the Swedish Elite League, as well as playing in France with Cergy-Pontoise, who he later coached to a second division championship and qualification for the first division. Raymond was awarded his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he also played college hockey. Raymond resides in Las Vegas and has a son, Shane.