Evidently Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo likes his goalie masks a little on the dark side.
After transforming into “The Beast” on his first mask of the season, Ramo took it a step further for his second lid, playing on the Edgar Allan Poe narrative poem, “The Raven.”
Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, Ramo’s new predominantly black-and-white mask blends the dark bird, shadowed trees, a skull, full moon and what appears to be blood spatter. And written across the back edge of the top is the line sentence of Poe’s poem:
“And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted – nevermore!”
“Ramo really wanted a mask that reflects him and who he is,” Livery told InGoal. “He loved being part of the design aspect so if anyone was to ask him about his mask he could explain the significance of the design.”
Given the poem is about a man’s slow descent into madness maybe it is a reflection of what it’s like to play behind the rebuilding Flames these days. We kid. Ramo’s new mask, which includes the name “Edgar Allan Poe” scrolled subtly down the top of the right side, is serious business and impressive art.