Raoul Le Mat

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Le Mat at the 1920 Olympics.

Raoul Le Mat (September 3, 1875 – February 15, 1947[1]) was an American film director and ice hockey coach, most famous for introducing ice hockey in Sweden.[2]

Together with Ernest Viberg and Thomas Cahill, Le Mat introduced ice hockey in Sweden, and coached the Swedish national team in their first international tournament at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. He was also a founding member of the Swedish Ice Hockey Association.[2] When the first Swedish Championship in ice hockey was played in 1922, Le Mat refereed the final game.[3]

The Swedish SHL Le Mat Trophy is named after Le Mat and was donated by him, with the monetary support of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in 1926.[3]


  1. ^ "Raoul Le Mat". Filmdatabasen (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "A to Z Encyclopaedia of Ice Hockey – Le". AZhockey.com. Retrieved March 17, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Nu börjar jakten på Le Mat" (in Swedish). Hockeyligan.se. Archived from the original on March 21, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2007.