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Mason Named WJC MVP

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect Steve Mason made 26 saves to lead Canada to a 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the gold medal game today at the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships Tournament held in the Czech Republic. Blue Jackets’ prospect Stefan Legein also earned a gold medal as a member of Team Canada. It was Canada’s fourth-straight gold medal at the World Junior Championships.

Mason, 19, the Blue Jackets’ second pick, 69th overall, at the 2006 Entry Draft, was named the World Junior Championships Tournament Most Valuable Player and Top Goaltender. He went 5-0-0 in the tournament with a 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout.

Legein, 19, the Blue Jackets’ second pick, 37th overall, at the 2007 Entry Draft, had a goal and an assist for two points with eight penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in seven games as an assistant captain for Canada.

Jakub Voracek, 18, the Blue Jackets first pick, seventh overall, at the 2007 Entry Draft, had six assists with four penalty minutes and was +4 in six games with Team Czech Republic, who lost to Russia in the quarterfinals.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the San Jose Sharks. Game time is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will 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 ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

- CBJ -

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