Then & Now – #19 Jerome Raymond
Jerome Raymond, a native of Rouyn-Noranda Quebec, came to Whitecourt at the start of the 2012-13 season after spending 4 years in the QMJHL playing in 160+ games with his hometown Rouyn-Noranda Huskies & Drumminville Voltigeurs while collecting 31 goals and 76 points.
Raymond, labelled as the second half of the corner stone to the newest Junior A franchise last season, came in and proved he was no push around. Raymond finished the season with the Wolverines collecting 44 goals 46 assists and 128 penalty minutes along with 17 points in 15 playoff games leading his team to the North Division finals.
Raymond and his counterpart Mathieu Guertin, who were very familiar with each other after spending time together as line mates in the QMJHL, spent all season 1-2 in AJHL scoring. Some of Raymond’s highlights include; four 4 point games, six 3 point games, nine multi goal games (team record), three hat tricks, 4 goals in one game (team record) and he currently holds the Wolverines record for most points in one game with 6.
Raymond, known for his leadership off the ice with the Wolverines, was awarded the Captaincy in December last season when the Wolverines found themselves without a captain.
Raymond had lots of interest in post-secondary education but decided to take a year off after an impressive playoff run last season before committing to University of McGill for 2014-15.
Raymond will join over 20 QMJHL alumni and friends with the Redmen next season where he will bring speed, toughness, grit, leadership & all around hockey smarts to an already proven McGill squad who are known for not just winning on the ice, but in the classroom as well.
“I enjoyed every moment on my journey playing Junior Hockey in Whitecourt. The fan base are very passionate and support their team. My Billet family was awesome, they had a big heart while putting everything in place so I could perform. The coaching staff were one of the best I ever had in Junior hockey, same goes for owner Brent Stark, I never saw an owner do so much for a team win and for kids to grow. Coming to Whitecourt was single handily the best move I did in my hockey career” – Jerome Raymond