Karri Rämö

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Karri Rämö
Karri Ramo 2013-12-21.JPG
Ramo warming up with the Flames
Born (1986-07-01) July 1, 1986 (age 29)
Asikkala, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Calgary Flames
Pelicans
HPK
Tampa Bay Lightning
Avangard Omsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 191st overall, 2004
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2003–present

Karri Rämö (born July 1, 1986) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his professional career in the SM-liiga, initially with Pelicans and then HPK, where he was a member of the Kanada-malja championship team in 2005–06. The Tampa Bay Lightning then selected Rämö with their sixth-round pick, 191st overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, where he played three seasons with the team between 2006 and 2009 before opting to return to Europe.

In four Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) seasons with Avangard Omsk, Rämö was twice selected to participate in KHL All-Star Games. He returned to the NHL ahead of the 2013–14 season, joining the Calgary Flames.

Playing career[edit]

Rämö was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning as their sixth round pick, 191st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. A product of the Pelicans organization based in Heinola, Rämö made his SM-liiga debut in the 2003–04 season with Pelicans after the team had lost their chance at the playoffs. In the next season, he played 26 games with Pelicans, later signing a contract with HPK for 2005–06. During the campaign, Rämö shared goaltending duties with Miika Wiikman, putting up excellent statistics and en route to the team's SM-liiga championship. Rämö also represented the Finnish junior team at the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships as the nation's backup goaltender to starter Tuukka Rask.

After HPK's championship victory, the Lightning signed Rämö to a two-way contract. Playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Norfolk Admirals, Tampa's top minor league affiliate, he quickly made his NHL debut on December 2 against the Ottawa Senators, replacing Johan Holmqvist. On December 19, Rämö was once again called up by the Lightning. The next day, on December 20, he won his first career NHL start in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which finished 2–1. He went on to record seven wins with 11 losses in the 2007–08 season.

Rämö after a game with Avangard Omsk in 2011.

After the Lightning signed NHL veteran Olaf Kölzig as the backup to starting goaltender Mike Smith, Rämö began the 2008–09 season with Norfolk. He was recalled multiple times by the Lightning throughout the season and finished the year playing 24 contests, though he posted just four wins.

With the prospect of another return to the AHL for the 2009–10 season, on June 23, 2009, Rämö opted to sign a two-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.[1]

On August 16, 2010, Rämö's NHL rights were traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for goaltender Cédrick Desjardins.[2]

In January 2011, Rämö, for the second consecutive year, was selected to be the starting goaltender for the Eastern Conference in the Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game, collecting more fan votes than any other player in the League.[3] However, he was unable to participate because of an injury.[4]

On January 12, 2012, Rämö, along with Mike Cammalleri and a fifth-round draft pick in 2012, was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and a second-round draft pick in 2013.

On July 5, 2013, Rämö signed a two-year, $5.8 million contract by the Flames, paving the way for his return to the NHL. Ahead of the 2013–14 season, during the pre-season, he won the job to replace the retired Miikka Kiprusoff as Calgary's starting goaltender over Joey MacDonald and Reto Berra.

Rämö recorded a 15–9–3 record during the 2014–15 season, splitting duties with the newly-acquired Jonas Hiller, though Hiller started more games and also started in the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. He was not called into action by the Flames until he replaced Hiller early in Calgary's Game 6-clinching Western Conference Quarterfinals victory over the Vancouver Canucks. After Hiller's sub-par performance in Game 1 of the subsequent Conference Semifinals against the Anaheim Ducks, Rämö would start the rest of Calgary's playoff games, though the Flames eventually lost the series in five games. He finished the playoffs with a 2–3 record and a 2.86 goals against average (GAA).

On July 1, 2015, the Calgary Flames re-signed Ramo to a one-year contract reportedly worth $3.8 million.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

  Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%   GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Pelicans SM-l 3 0 2 0 138 10 0 4.34 .861
2004–05 Pelicans SM-l 26 4 12 4 1267 84 1 3.98 .898
2005–06 HPK SM-l 24 7 8 7 1359 49 2 2.16 .929 3 2 1 204 5 1 1.46 .947
2006–07 Springfield Falcons AHL 45 15 24 1 2432 127 1 3.13 .906
2006–07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 0 70 4 0 3.43 .826
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 6 2 4 0 342 19 0 3.33 .898
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 22 7 11 3 1269 64 0 3.03 .899
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 26 7 14 4 1507 95 0 3.78 .884
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 4 10 7 1312 80 0 3.66 .894
2009–10 Avangard Omsk KHL 44 21 17 4 2582 91 4 2.11 .913 3 0 3 158 8 0 3.04 .886
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 44 33 5 4 2592 85 5 1.97 .925 14 6 7 891 32 1 2.16 .914
2011–12 Avangard Omsk KHL 45 19 17 9 2666 87 5 1.96 .925 21 14 6 1209 31 3 1.54 .940
2012–13 Avangard Omsk KHL 40 26 9 5 2401 80 4 2.00 .929 12 5 7 725 24 3 1.99 .917
2013–14 Calgary Flames NHL 40 17 15 4 2194 97 2 2.65 .911
2014–15 Calgary Flames NHL 34 15 9 3 1732 75 2 2.60 .912 7 2 3 336 16 0 2.86 .906
NHL totals 122 43 45 17 6576 320 4 2.92 .905 7 2 3 336 16 0 2.86 .906
SM-l totals 53 11 22 11 2764 143 3 3.10 .910 3 2 1 204 5 1 1.46 .947
KHL totals 173 99 48 22 10,243 343 18 2.01 .923 50 25 23 2,983 95 7 1.91 .924

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karri Ramo signs two-year contract with Omsk". (in russian) hawk.ru. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Habs acquire Karri Ramo from Tampa Bay for Cedrick Desjardins.". Montreal Canadiens. 2010-08-16. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  3. ^ "Fans’ Choice". KHL. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Замена в команде Ягра (in Russian). KHL. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773198

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