COLUMBUS, OHIO — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason underwent arthroscopic knee surgery September 23 and will be sidelined approximately four to six weeks, club General Manager Scott Howson announced.
"Steve's knee has not responded to his earlier procedure as well as we had hoped, so this was the next step towards his making a full recovery and getting back on the ice as soon as possible," said Howson.
Mason, who was Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, suffered the injury last spring playing with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He went 32-7-3 with 2.51 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 42 games with London and Kitchener in 2007-08, ranking third in the OHL in wins, fourth in save percentage and fifth in goals-against average and shutouts (tied). He also went 5-0-0 with 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout in five games at the 2008 World Junior Championship, leading Canada to the gold medal and earning top goaltender and tournament MVP honors.
The 20-year-old Oakville, Ontario native was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2006-07 when he set a league record for wins as he was 45-13-4 with 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games with London (OHL). In 116 career OHL games, he posted a 82-23-7 mark with a 2.90 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and five shutouts.
The Blue Jackets open their 2008 preseason schedule tonight when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. ET. The game can be heard live on the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations, WBNS-AM Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD 101.1 FM.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for preseason games are on sale now. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.