TAMPA BAY, FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, has returned goaltender Karri Ramo to the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.
Ramo, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound goaltender in his third professional season, relieved Olaf Kolzig on Sunday against New Jersey and did not receive a decision after stopping 15 of 17 shots. Ramo has appeared in 15 games for the Admirals this season posting a 4-8-3 record with a 3.48 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage. He ranks among the top five goaltenders in the American Hockey League in games played, minutes and shots faced.
The 22-year-old netminder appeared in six games with the Admirals last season, going 2-4-0 with a 3.33 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. In 66 career AHL games between Norfolk and the Springfield Falcons, he has posted a 21-36-14 record with a 3.24 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage. He represented the organization at the 2006-07 AHL All-Star Game and was named the top goaltender in the skills competition.
The native of Asikkala, Finland played in a career-high 22 games with the Lightning last season, posting a 7-11-3 record and a 3.03 goals-against average. He also set career-bests for wins, shots faced (632), saves (568), save percentage (.899), goals-against average and minutes played (1,268).
Ramo has played in 25 career NHL games, posting a 7-11-3 record with a .896 save percentage and a 3.07 goals-against average. He was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 191st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
The Admirals will return to Scope with three games this week centered around Thanksgiving: tomorrow versus the Springfield Falcons, and Friday and Saturday versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. There are several exciting promotions planned for the week, beginning with Family Fun Pack Night, Student Rush Night, USA Hockey Night and a Domino’s Pizza Oven-Baked Sandwich giveaway on Wednesday. Please visit norfolkadmirals.com for more details.
To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2008-09 season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime!