Calgary Flames Hot Start to the Morning Vol 31


Dec 4, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Karri Ramo (31) and center Paul Byron (32) try and stop a shot from Phoenix Coyotes left wing Tim Kennedy (34) during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Flames win 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Calgary Flames fans!

Here is a link to the story behind the Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo’s updated “The Raven” goalie mask.  Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” is a driving force behind the mask, here is a link to the poem.  The author of the article, Lachlan Macintosh, includes their personal take on the Calgary Flames goaltending situation:

"“With the aforementioned Hiller signing a two year deal worth $4.5 million annually, Karri Ramo has likely been replaced as the starting goaltender of the Flames. However, the Assikala, Finland native played well for stretches last year on a Calgary team that desperately struggled to score and wound up in the bottom four of the league. With a full year under his belt, and 40 more games worth of experience, Ramo certainly has something to prove, especially in the final year of his contract. If he and Jonas Hiller can provide some strong goaltending, the Flames may have a chance to climb out of the Western Conference basement. Ramo went 17-15-4 last year, with a .911 SV% and a 2.65 GAA. Those are pretty good numbers for a now backup goalie. So, while Calgary may struggle up front and on defense, and they do, those that preach, “It starts with solid goaltending” may have a team to hang their hats on.”"

Do any Flame For Thought members make the trip out to Penticton, BC to watch any of the Young Stars Classic Tournament?  The Calgary Flames schedule for the tournament is as follows:

  1. Friday September 12 versus Winnipeg 5PM mountain time
  2. Saturday September 13 versus Edmonton 8:30PM mountain time
  3. Monday September 15 versus Vancouver 6:30PM mountain time

The Calgary Flames officially released their TV schedule yesterday confirming an earlier report that we will be hearing a new voice doing play-by-play for our favourite team.

"Rick Ball and Kelly Hrudey make their NHL on Sportsnet debut this season, calling play-by-play and providing game analysis, respectively, for Flames games. Host Roger Millions returns to provide updates from rinkside."

Have a great day Flames fans!