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Blue Jackets Add 2008 World Junior Championships Most Valuable Player to the Roster on Emergency Recall

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Steve Mason to the roster on emergency recall, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 7. Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire left Saturday's game at San Jose following the second period due to illness and will not be available to play when the club visits the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Mason, 19, was recently named the Most Valuable Player at Top Goaltender at the 2008 World Junior Championships after leading Canada to its fourth-straight gold medal. The Oakville, Ontario native went 5-0-0 with a 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout in five games.

He began the 2007-08 season with the Blue Jackets after going 1-2-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in three games during the preseason. He did not appear in a regular season game with the club and was assigned to the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights on October 9.

Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Mason was traded to the Kitchener Rangers from the London Knights last week. With the Knights, he had posted a 19-4-3 record with a 2.79 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 games. Last year, he was named the OHL's Goaltender of the Year after going 45-13-4 with a 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games. In 100 career OHL games, he is 69-20-7 with a 3.04 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and four shutouts.

The Blue Jackets and Blues face off at Scottrade Center on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.

Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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