COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason has been named Rookie of the Year by Sporting News. 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.
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The Oakville, Ontario native 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).
Columbus' third pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Mason is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given annually "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position" as voted by NHL general managers and is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy given annually to the NHL's top rookie. He is the first Blue Jackets player to be named a finalist for two awards in the same season. 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.
Season tickets for the 2009-10 season are on sale now with prices starting at $18 per game. In addition, 10- and 20-Game packages for 2009-10 are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.