COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets rookie goaltender Steve Mason was named the NHL's Second Star for the week ending November 9, the club and league announced today. Goaltenders swept the three spots this week as Roberto Luongo (3-0-0, three shutouts) was named First Star and Washington's Brent Johnson (2-0-1, 1.63 goals-against average, .953 save percentage) was the Third Star selection.
Mason, 20, was recalled from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch on November 4 and made his NHL debut the following night as he stopped 22-of-26 shots in a 5-4 win over Edmonton. Two nights later, he made 34 saves and stopped both shootout attempts in a 4-3 win over Montreal. He then picked up his third win in four nights on November 8 with 22 saves in a 3-1 win over Calgary.
Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft went 3-0-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in his three starts. Mason, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on September 23, missed a month before making his professional debut with the Crunch. He was 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in three AHL games prior to being recalled by the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets return to action Wednesday when they host the Phoenix Coyotes. Game time at Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
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. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.