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Mason Raymond  #12

NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: September 17, 1985  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Cochrane, AB, Canada
WEIGHT: 185 DRAFTED: VAN / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (51st overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> A speedy left winger, Raymond's up tempo style and ability to drive a defenseman wide has earned him a permanent spot on the Canucks roster in his second season. He is on pace to surpass his rookie point total of 21 points (9-12--21) with 19 points in his first 42 games in 2008-09. <br /> <br /> The Cochrane, Alberta native known for his skating ability, Raymond won the Canucks' fastest skater segment of the team's SuperSkills Competition last season with a time of 14.283. <br /> <br /> The Canucks second round pick (51st overall), he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for two years before turning pro. He was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie team in 2005-06 and led the Bulldogs in scoring with team-highs of 14 goals and 32 assists. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his father's influence on his career: &quot;He's my idol to this day. He's always been there for me and always will be there for me. He's taught me so much about the game, and whenever he says something about hockey, I'm all ears.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the reason he was often overlooked growing up: &quot;I was a late bloomer. Everyone was so much stronger and bigger than me. I was the little guy. The shrimp.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra: &quot;With his speed and his hands, he might be a little like Gabby (Marian Gaborik). He's a very skilled guy. He can skate and he can score goals. I like to play with guys like that. He can just take off, and he's full of confidence. I hope he can keep it up for a long season.&quot; <br /> <br /> Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Rick Bowness on Raymond's improvement: &quot;The difference is the one year's experience. That, and the faith Alain (Vigneaut) has shown in him right from the start of camp. It takes some time to feel comfortable. What Mason knows now is that not only can he play here, he can help.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/sports/story.html?id=5e345229-9182-4aeb-b5a6-0f217a4e840d">Alberta roots run deep for young Canucks wing</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://canucks.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=23662">CanucksTV: Cliff Ronning on Mason Raymond</a><br /> <br />

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory