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Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Steve Mason Named NHL Rookie of the Month for November

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason has been named the NHL's rookie of the month for November, the club and league announced December 2. He is the second Jacket in as many months to earn the honor as center Derick Brassard was named the league's rookie of the month for October. Prior to this season, the only Blue Jacket to earn rookie of the month accolades was left wing Rick Nash, who did so in November 2002.

Mason, 20, posted a 5-2-1 record with a 2.09 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in eight games in November. He edged Brassard (4-6-10 in 11 games), Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (8-5-13 in 13 games), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (5-7-12 in 12 games), Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski (2-5-7 in 12 games) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (2-5-7 in 13 games) for the award.

Mason was recalled from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch on November 4 after making his first three pro starts and made 22 saves in a 5-4 win over Edmonton in his NHL debut on November 5. He went on to win his next two starts, including making a season-high 34 saves in a 4-3 win over Montreal on November 7. He posted his first career shutout with a 15-save effort at Atlanta on November 22 and made 26 saves to post his second shutout in a 3-0 win over Washington on November 29.

Mason has gone 6-2-1 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in nine games with the Blue Jackets this season. He currently ranks seventh in the NHL in goals-against average and is tied for second in shutouts. Prior to joining the club, he went 2-1-0 with a 1.63 goals-against average and .937 save percentage with Syracuse.

Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Mason went 32-7-3 with 2.51 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 42 games with London and Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League in 2007-08. 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 Oakville, Ontario native was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2006-07 when he set a league record for wins after going 45-13-4 with 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games with London (OHL).

The Blue Jackets return to action Thursday when they visit the San Jose Sharks. Game time from HP Pavilion at San Jose is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. 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.

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