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PHOTO: Karri Ramo draws upon Poe's 'The Raven' for new mask

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Ramo's mask channels Poe's most famous work. (InGoal Mag/Headstrong Grafx)
Ramo's mask channels Poe's most famous work. (InGoal Mag/Headstrong Grafx)

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Karri Ramo might play for the Flames, but he's going dark on his latest goalie mask.

The Finnish netminder has struggled in the Calgary crease so I guess he figured he would switch it up and get a new lid (either that or just wanted to get an awesome new look). The inspiration for the latest? The famous poem, The Raven. You know, the one written by the tortured Edgar Allen Poe whose work lived on the dark side.

InGoal Magazine has a little more description on the new design that Ramo will be wearing.

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."

Considering he has struggled to the tune of a 2-4-0 record with a .882 save percentage and 3.59 goals against average, in a way the new theme is appropriate. But while it's not necessarily a positive theme, it is pretty awesome nonetheless. Dull nevermore.

You can see a few more images of the new mask at InGoal.

See other goalie masks that have already been released.

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