COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned goaltender Steve Mason to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, club General Manager Scott Howson announced February 10. Mason was recalled on February 6 and did not see any game action with the Blue Jackets.
Mason, 19, has posted a record of 22-6-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts in 31 OHL games with the Rangers and London Knights. He currently ranks fourth in the league in wins and shutouts, is sixth in save percentage and 10th in goals-against average. In January, he was named the Most Valuable Player and 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.
Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Mason was named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year in 2006-07 after going 45-13-4 with a 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games with London. In 105 career OHL games, he is 72-22-7 with a 3.03 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and five shutouts.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Nationwide Arena. Game time is set for 6 p.m. with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 5:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations 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 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.