Gallery: 15 facts about new Flames netminder Reto Berra

 

In his first NHL start, all he did was beat the Chicago Blackhawks in a 42-save effort. Here are 15 facts about Berra and how he got here.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Berra has started eight games for the Swiss men's national team, including a 3-0 shutout over the U.S. to carry Switzerland to this year's world championship final. Switzerland lost the 2013 final, but Berra was 4-0 in the tournament with a .967 save percentage.</div>
 

Berra has started eight games for the Swiss men's national team, including a 3-0 shutout over the U.S. to carry Switzerland to this year's world championship final. Switzerland lost the 2013 final, but Berra was 4-0 in the tournament with a .967 save percentage.

Photograph by: PONTUS LUNDAHL, AFP/Getty Images

 
<div id="page1">Berra has started eight games for the Swiss men's national team, including a 3-0 shutout over the U.S. to carry Switzerland to this year's world championship final. Switzerland lost the 2013 final, but Berra was 4-0 in the tournament with a .967 save percentage.</div>
Berra started 209 games in Switzerland's National League A, posting a record of 94-108. He was part of a championship team with HC Davos in 2009.
At 26, even if he has a knockout year, Berra would not be eligible to win the Calder Trophy, which honours the league's top rookie. Under a rule inspired by another Flame, former star Sergei Makarov, who won the award as a 31-year-old, players must be under the age of 26 to qualify.
Berra hails from Bulach, Switzerland. Outside of its local hospital, one of the biggest employers in the city is glass producer Vetropack.
<br>Pictured: Team Canada's Sam Gagner, left, confronts HC Davos' goaltender Reto Berra during the 86th Spengler Cup in December 2012.
While Sunday marked his first regular-season start, Berra was drafted seven years ago. The St. Louis Blues drafted him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, 104th overall.
<br>Pictured: Berra chats with the press at the University of Calgary Wednesday July 10, 2013.
Berra played nine games this season with the Abbotsford Heat. His record was 4-3-1, with a 2.66 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
<br>Pictured: Calgary Flames prospect goalie Reto Berra kept an eye on the puck while doing drills with teammates during development camp at WinSport on July 11, 2013.
Berra came to the Flames from St. Louis in the Jay Bouwmeester trade. Berra was packaged alongside Mark Cundari and St. Louis' first-round pick (which was used to select Emile Poirier) in exchange for Bouwmeester.
Berra is pictured with Bob Hartley during training in September. Berra is six-foot-four and 194 pounds.
Berra asked the Flames to attend the team's development camp in June so he could get in work on the smaller NHL ice surface. "I wanted to go on the ice... because the ice is different," he said.
Wearing No. 29, Berra dons a number most famously worn by longtime Flames blueliner Joel Otto. Other No. 29s in Flames history include Wade Belak, Jamie McLennan and Mike Vernon (whose better-known No. 30 jersey was retired in 2007).
Heading into roster cuts, Berra was one of three goalies remaining on the Flames' roster, with Joey MacDonald and Karri Ramo the others.
<br>Pictured: A puck sails over Berra's shoulder, sealing a 3-2 overtime win for the Phoenix Coyotes in preseason.
In facing 44 shots against the Hawks, Berra faced nearly 10 more shots than the Blackhawks have recorded, on average
Berra was signed to an entry-level deal in April. The one-year contract is worth $1.38 million, including bonuses.
Berra is in the mix of goalies vying for a spot on the Swiss Olympic hockey team. He was invited to the Swiss evaluation camp, along with fellow Flame Sven Baertschi. Other goalies at the camp included: Jonas Hiller, Martin Gerber, Benjamin Conz, Lukas Flueler and Tobias Stephan
Reto Berra says he goes into every game with a specific goal, which he doesn't share.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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