Beginning Wednesday, June 17, Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason will be posting a blog presented by OhioHealth Sports Medicine exclusively on BlueJackets.com about his trip to Las Vegas for the 2009 NHL Awards. The 21-year-old Oakville, Ontario native, who is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's rookie of the year and Vezina Trophy as its top goaltender, will provide fans with a unique look at his personal experience throughout one of the NHL's showcase events.
Mason went 33-20-7 with a 2.29 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 61 games during the 2008-09 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. Other finalists for the Calder Trophy are Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan and Chicago forward Kris Versteeg. Joining Mason as Vezina Trophy finalists are Boston's Tim Thomas and Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom.
Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash is also a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, given annually to a player "in recognition of his commitment and service to charities in his community." The 2009 NHL Awards will be held at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday, June 18. The event will be televised live on VERSUS in the United States at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Log on to BlueJackets.com beginning Wednesday, June 17 to read all about Steve's trip to Las Vegas when he joins hockey's best players for the 2009 NHL Awards.