COLUMBUS, OHIO –Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason has been named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy, given annually "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League," the League and club announced April 22. The other finalists for the award are Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan and Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg.
Mason, 20, went 33-20-7 with a 2.29 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 61 games this season. His 10 shutouts led the NHL, set a franchise record and were the most by a rookie since Chicago’s Tony Esposito posted a rookie record 15 in 1969-70. He ranked second in the NHL in goals-against average and 10th in wins. He posted three-straight shutouts on Dec. 27 vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 29 at Los Angeles and Dec. 31 at Anaheim and in the process set a club record for consecutive shutout minutes by a goaltender at 199:19 between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.
He was twice named the NHL Rookie of the Month, winning the award in November (5-2-1, 2.09 GAA, .919 SV%, two shutouts in eight games) and December (7-5-0, 1.41 GAA, .950 SV%, three shutouts in 12 games). He made a career-high 47 saves on Dec. 17 in a 2-1 OT win vs. San Jose and made 45 saves on Jan. 9 in a 3-0 win at Washington. The Oakville, Ontario native was the Blue Jackets' third pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Mason is the second Blue Jackets player to be named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy. In 2002-03, forward Rick Nash was a finalist for the league’s top rookie honor, which was awarded to St. Louis defenseman Barrett Jackman. The 2009 NHL Awards will be held at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 18. The event will be televised live in on VERSUS in the United States at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Game 4 of the Blue Jackets Stanley Cup Playoffs first round best-of-seven series against the defending champion Detroit Red Wings is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets for all Blue Jackets first round home playoff games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For each home playoff game in the first round, 250 HUNTINGTON GREEN SEATS priced at $20 will go on sale two hours prior to game time and 200 RUSH CBJ PRESENTED BY RAISING CANE’S student tickets priced at $30 will go on sale one hour prior to game time at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office. Season tickets for 2009-10 starting at $18 per game, as well as 10- and 20-game packages are on sale now. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.