COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a three-year entry level contract, club Interim General Manager Jim Clark announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Mason, who will turn 19 on May 29, was named the Ontario Hockey League Goaltender of the Year in 2006-07 after he posted a 45-13-1-3 record with a 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games with the London Knights. He led the club to their fourth consecutive Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the Knights posted the OHL's best record during the regular season with a 50-14-1-3 mark in winning their fourth-straight Holody Trophy Midwest Division Championship. Along the way, Mason set a new OHL record for wins by a goaltender with 45.
The Oakville, Ontario native went 9-7 with a 3.48 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 16 playoff games with the Knights. He guided the club to the OHL Western Conference Finals, where London was defeated by the Plymouth Whalers in five games. Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, he has posted a 50-16-1-3 record with a 3.13 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts in 74 career OHL games.
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