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Steve Mason
NUMBER: 35 BIRTHDATE: May 29, 1988  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Oakville, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 217 DRAFTED: CBJ / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Right ROUND: 3rd   (69th 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 /> After starting in his first NHL game on November 5, 2008, Mason surged to 13 wins in his first 23 games and as of Jan. 8 was sitting atop the NHL leader board with a 1.82 goals-against average and a .934 save-percentage. <br /> <br /> He posted a club-record shutout streak -- 199 minutes 19 seconds, becoming the first NHL rookie goaltender with three consecutive shutouts since Glenn Hall did it for Detroit in December 1955. His second shutout marked just the second time in the past 13 seasons that a rookie goaltender has posted consecutive shutouts. Michael Garnett had two straight shutouts for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2005 (Dec. 23 at New Jersey, Dec. 26 vs. Montreal). <br /> <br /> Mason made an impressive 47 saves in a win over the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 17. Over the past nine seasons, the only other rookie goaltender to win a game in which he made at least 47 saves was another Blue Jacket, Pascal Leclaire, on Jan. 14, 2006 at Florida. Since 1990, the only rookie goaltender other than Mason to win a game while making 47 or more saves and allowing no more than one goal was Calgary's Andrei Trefilov against the Rangers in New York in Jan. 5, 1994 (4-1, 52 saves). <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his success this season: &quot;In a lot of ways, I'm still playing scared. I don't want to make a mistake that would jeopardize the team or my chance at playing here. I don't think about anything except the next shot.&quot; <br /> <br /> After his third consecutive shutout: &quot;The guys played great in front of me and made it real easy. You try not to pay attention to it and think about a shutout because you don't want to jinx it. It was nice to get, but obviously the most important thing is the win. And right now I'm just trying to get as many wins as I can.&quot; <br /> <br /> On fitting in with the Blue Jackets: &quot;Right from Day One, the guys here were really welcoming. That kind of made it easier when I started playing and playing a lot. They didn't treat me as if I was a young guy and I appreciate that.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Blue Jackets head coach Ken Hitchcock: &quot;I don't even look at him as a young player anymore. When you have a goalie who is playing well and you have a lead late in the game, your mind-set changes.&quot; <br /> <br /> Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock: &quot;The kid in net has been phenomenal. He's a big goalie, a silly sider who catches the wrong way (with his right hand).&quot; <br /> <br /> Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot: &quot;He's just as humble as he was a couple of years ago when I met him. He's used to the attention, having played in big tournaments ... he's just a simple person who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go after it.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5gJaPLh8Q8yaBMHENCrIJrqkOk6xg">Mason staring in NHL far ahead of schedule</a><br /> <a href="http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/sports/stories/2008/12/04/jackets04.ART_ART_12-04-08_C1_38C4GDM.html" target="_blank">Blue Jackets rookie is quick to find fame</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=396590&amp;cmpid=rss" target="_blank">Blue Jackets' Mason a pleasant surprise in net</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://bluejackets.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=30327">JacketsTV: Rookie of Month - December</a><br /> <a href="http://bluejackets.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=29049">JacketsTV: Rookie of Month - November</a><br /> <a href="http://bluejackets.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=27152">JacketsTV: November Highlights</a><br /> <br />
Quote of the Day

It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players