Reto Berra Cowboys Up on New Calgary Flames Mask
Swiss stopper Reto Berra has decided to play to his new home crowd by adding a rodeo cowboy to his new Calgary Flames mask.
Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, Berra’s new lid features a steer roping cowboy going to work with his lasso on the left side, which is topped off by an image of the Calgary skyline that prominently features the Flames’ Saddledome home.
Livery, who is based in Missouri, said they brainstormed the idea when Berra and the Flames visited St. Louis to play the Blues recently, a trip that also produced playing partner Karri Ramo’s Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven” mask.
“He wanted to associate the mask with Calgary and a rodeo image,” Livery said.
Beyond that, Livery said Berra wanted his “family crest on the back with a cognac wicket bottle. He also LOVES feathers so we incorporated those in the chin.”
We’ll have to ask Berra about the significance of the cognac bottle, which you can see sitting just above the stylish family crest on backplate in the pictures below. The right side features the Flames “C” below a Maple Leaf and the Swiss flag.