COLUMBUS, OHIO -
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, forward Stefan Legein
scored a goal while goaltender Steve Mason
backstopped Team Canada to a 4-2 victory over Team Russia in the first game of the Canada Russia Super Series in Ufa, Russia Monday. Maxim Mayorov
, the Blue Jackets' fifth pick, 94th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft was scoreless for Team Russia.
Mason allowed two goals in the first period, but shut down Russia the final two frames to notch the win. The Oakville, Ontario native was the Blue Jackets' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He was named the OHL goaltender of the year after he posted a 45-13-1-3 record with a 3.20 goals against average and a .914 save percentage in 62 games for the London Knights. His 45 regular season wins set an OHL record amongst goaltenders.
After Russia scored the games first two goals, Legein opened the scoring for Canada when he beat Russian goaltender Semen Varlomov at the 15:47 mark of the first period to make it 2-1. Columbus' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft, Legein collected 43-32-75 with 115 penalty minutes and was +31 in 64 games with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League. 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 Canada Russia Super Series is an eight-game series between the two countries under-20 teams. It was set up to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series between the teams. The series first four games are being played in Russia (Ufa and Omsk), while the final four games will be played in Canada (Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer and Vancouver). The series continues with the second game on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. ET.
The Blue Jackets will begin preparations for the 2007-08 NHL season by participating in the annual Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan September 7-12. The club will open its seventh training camp in Columbus with physicals and strength & conditioning testing on Thursday, September 13 and on-ice workouts on Friday, September 14. Complete prospects tournament and training camp information will be released in the coming days.
Individual tickets for 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15 at 9 a.m. with preseason game tickets available now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.