Steve Mason (ice hockey)

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Steve Mason
Steve Mason flyers.JPG
Born (1988-05-29) May 29, 1988 (age 26)
Oakville, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 69th overall, 2006
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2008–present

Steve Mason (born May 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 69th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Playing major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), he spent three seasons with the London Knights and Kitchener Rangers. In 2007, he was named OHL Goaltender of the Year. He joined the Blue Jackets in 2008–09 and won the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. Internationally, he won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships while earning tournament MVP and Best Goaltender honours.

Playing career[edit]

Mason grew up in Oakville, Ontario playing mostly A hockey until his Bantam year when he moved up to the AAA level with the Oakville Rangers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League. He was drafted after his minor midget season with Oakville by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in the 11th round of the 2004 OHL Priority Selection.

In 2004-05, while attending Abbey Park High School,[1] he led the Grimsby Peach Kings club to the OHA Jr.C. title in 2004-05 and in 2005-06 was assigned to the Petrolia Jets Jr.B. club when his playing time was limited with London. Despite this, Mason was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 3rd round, 69th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Mason started the 2007–08 NHL season with the Blue Jackets but was returned to London after being a healthy scratch for Columbus' first two games of the season. While competing for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships, he was traded by the Knights to the Kitchener Rangers on January 4, 2008, hours before the semi-final game.

Upon returning from the World Junior Championships with a gold medal, Mason was briefly recalled by the Blue Jackets on an emergency basis in February, but did not appear in a game and was quickly returned.[2] Mason suffered a knee injury towards the end of the regular season, but with the playoffs approaching, he tried to play through it for several weeks. After defeating the Plymouth Whalers in the first round, Mason was pulled out of the lineup and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on April 18, causing him to miss the remainder of the OHL playoffs, as well as the 2008 Memorial Cup.[3] Kitchener won the OHL championship without Mason, but lost 4-1 in the Memorial Cup final against the Spokane Chiefs.

Columbus Blue Jackets (2008–13)[edit]

Mason in 2009

Before his first professional season, Mason underwent an additional knee surgery in September, causing him to miss the first month of play in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Blue Jackets' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.[4] Shortly after recovering and joining the Crunch's lineup, Mason was called up by the Blue Jackets on November 4, 2008 in the absence of injured starter Pascal Leclaire. He made his NHL debut on November 5, starting against, and defeating, the Edmonton Oilers 5-4.[5] Teammate R. J. Umberger handed Mason the game puck commemorating his first NHL victory.[citation needed] He recorded his first NHL shutout several games later on November 22, making 15 saves in a 2–0 win against the Atlanta Thrashers.[6] Mason continued to start games upon Leclaire's return from injury and was named NHL rookie of the month for November after posting a 5-2-1 record, including 3 straight wins and 2 shutouts.[7] In the midst of shutout streak, having not allowed a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, he was named rookie of the month for December. Along with Mason's three straight shutouts, he posted a 7-5-0 record, 1.41 GAA and .950 save percentage for the month.[8] Chosen to play for the rookies at the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game, he opted, however, to skip the competition. It was later revealed on January 30, 2009, by Columbus general manager Scott Howson, that Mason had been suffering from mononucleosis for the previous three to four weeks. After three more starts, on February 8, Mason was put on the injured reserve.[9] He returned to the lineup on February 13 against the Detroit Red Wings, recording a 3–2 Columbus victory.[10] Mason finished the season with a 33-20-7 record, 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage. He is the winner of the 2009 Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year, Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks were the other nominees.[11] On April 27, 2009, the NHL announced that Mason was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender. He was nominated along with Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.[12]

The next three seasons were a disappointment for Mason as he was unable to duplicate the play that made him rookie of the year, and the Blue Jackets failed to make another playoff appearance.[13]

Philadelphia Flyers (2013–present)[edit]

Mason was traded on April 3, 2013 to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third-round draft pick.[14] On April 8, Mason signed a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million.[15] Mason had 4 wins and 2 losses in Philadelphia and posted an impressive 1.90 GAA and a .944 SV%[16] leading to speculation that Mason would replace Ilya Bryzgalov as the starter for Philadelphia.[17] During the offseason on June 25, 2013, Bryzgalov was bought out by the Flyers organization[18] and signed Ray Emery creating a new tandem with Mason.[19] On November 12, 2013, Mason recorded his first shutout in a Flyer uniform against the Ottawa Senators in a 5-0 win.[20] On January 18, 2014 Mason signed a three-year contract extension with the Flyers worth $12.3 million for an annual average of $4.1 million.[21]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic Ice Hockey

Mason first competed for Team Canada at the under-20 level in the eight-game 2007 Super Series against Russia. He then led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Prior to the semi-final game against Team USA, Mason was traded within the OHL from the London Knights to the Kitchener Rangers. After defeating Team Sweden 3–2 in overtime of the gold medal game, he was named as the player of the game, as he was in the semi-finals. Mason was undefeated in five games with a tournament-best .951 save percentage and 1.19 GAA. He was named to the tournament all-star team, received top goaltender honours, and was named tournament MVP.

Following his rookie NHL season, Mason was named to Team Canada's summer orientation camp for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was not named to the final roster, but he was reported to have been designated an injury replacement, along with St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Oakville Rangers Min. Midget AAA OMHA 27 22 4 1 1215 41 5 1.58
2004–05 Grimsby Peach Kings NDJCHL 23 16 5 2 1239 61 2 2.96
2005–06 London Knights OHL 12 5 3 0 497 22 0 2.66 .931
2005–06 Petrolia Jets WOHL 9 6 3 1 522 22 0 2.53 .931
2006–07 London Knights OHL 62 45 13 4 3733 199 2 3.20 .914
2007–08 London Knights OHL 26 19 4 3 1569 73 2 2.79 .916
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 16 13 3 0 961 33 1 2.06 .915
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 2 1 0 184 5 0 1.63 .937
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 33 20 7 3664 140 10 2.29 .916
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 20 26 9 3201 163 5 3.05 .901
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 54 24 21 7 3027 153 3 3.03 .901
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 46 16 26 3 2534 143 1 3.39 .894
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 13 3 6 1 712 35 0 2.95 .899
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 4 2 0 378 12 0 1.90 .944
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 61 33 18 7 3486 145 4 2.50 .917
NHL totals 300 133 119 34 17002 791 23 2.79 .907
OHL totals 116 82 23 10 6760 327 5 2.90 .916

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 London Knights OHL 4 0 1 150 7 0 2.80 .911
2006–07 London Knights OHL 16 9 7 931 54 0 3.48 .910
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 5 5 0 313 10 1 1.92 .946
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 0 4 239 17 0 4.27 .878
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 2 2 244 8 0 1.97 .939
NHL totals 9 2 6 483 25 0 3.11 .907

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International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008 Canada WJC 5 5 0 303 6 1 1.19 .951
Junior int'l totals 5 5 0 303 6 1 1.19 .951

Awards[edit]

Junior

NHL

International

Records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Steve Mason traded to Philadelphia Flyers". Inside Halton. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets send Steve Mason back to OHL". CBC. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ Reed, Tom (April 17, 2008). "Hot Jackets property has knee injury". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets lose Steve Mason for 4-6 weeks". CBC. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Goalie Steve Mason makes his mark with Columbus Blue Jackets". The Hockey News. 2008-11-111. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Mason helps Blue Jackets blank Thrashers". Sports Network. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  7. ^ "Blue Jackets goalie Steve Maso named NHL rookie of the month". Canadian Press. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Blue Jackets G Steve Mason named rookie of the month again". National Post. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Jackets admit goalie Mason needs a rest". CBC. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Blue Jackets mark Mason's return by snapping Red Wings' win streak". USA Today. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  11. ^ "Ryan, Versteeg, Mason selected as nominees for Calder Trophy". TSN. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  12. ^ "Mason, Thomas, Wild’s Backstrom Vezina finalists". Associated Press. 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Blue Jackets notebook: Steve Mason playing well in Philly". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Flyers acquire Steve Mason from Columbus; Adam Hall from Tampa Bay". Philadelphia Flyers. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ Anthony SanFilippo (April 8, 2013). "MASON SIGNS EXTENSION". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ http://flyers.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8473461
  17. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1591903-philadelphia-flyers-trade-for-steve-mason-means-ilya-bryzgalov-is-a-goner
  18. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675174
  19. ^ http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9452178/2013-nhl-free-agency-philadelphia-flyers-address-goalie-need-sign-ray-emery
  20. ^ http://flyers.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2013020269
  21. ^ "Steve Mason signs three-year extension with Philadelphia Flyers". 
  22. ^ "Blues' Mason added to Canada's stand-by list". CTV News. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  23. ^ "Steve Mason OHL Stats". Archived from the original on November 2, 2007. Retrieved December 27, 2007. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Kane
Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy
2009
Succeeded by
Tyler Myers