COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets prospects Steve Mason and Stefan Legein have been named to Team Canada's World Junior Championship Roster, Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League announced December 13. Mason and Legein, who both competed for Team Canada in the Canada/Russia Super Series this past fall, are two of 22 players to make the team. In addition, Legein was named as one of the assistant captains of the team.
The Blue Jackets' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, Mason has gone 19-4-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .916 save percentage with two shutouts in 26 games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He is second in the OHL in wins, tied for third in shutouts, eighth in save percentage and ninth in goals-against average. Last season, he posted a 45-13-4 record with a 3.20 GAA and .914 SV% in 62 games with the Knights. He was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year and set the league record for wins.
Legein, Columbus' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft, has netted 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points with 65 penalty minutes and is +5 in 23 games with the Niagara IceDogs (OHL). He is second on the club in goals and third in points. Last season, he had 43-32-75 with 115 penalty minutes and was +31 in 64 games. He was selected to play in the 2007 CHL Top Prospects Game and represented the Eastern Conference at the OHL All-Star Game, where he won the fastest skater competition.
The 2008 IIHF World Junior Championships begin December 26 in Liberec and Pardubice, Czech Republic and conclude with the championship game on January 5. The 10 teams participating are: Group A – Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovakia and Sweden and Group B – Finland, Kazakhstan, Russia, Switzerland and the United States.
The Blue Jackets return to action Saturday when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 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 The 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.