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Blue Jackets Mason to miss NHL YoungStars Game @NHLdotcom

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason will miss this weekend's NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck, the club announced January 20.

"Steve has been playing through some back spasms for the past two weeks and after talking it over with our medical staff, everyone decided the best course of action would be that he use the All-Star break to rest," said Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson.

Mason, 20, has posted a 17-10-1 record with a 1.91 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and six shutouts in 28 games during his rookie NHL season. He leads the NHL in goals-against average and shutouts, while ranking second in save percentage and ninth in wins. He has started 28-of-33 games since being recalled from the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch on November 4, including 13 in a row since December 20. Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, he has won the NHL's Rookie of the Month Award in November and December.

"I am honored that the NHL picked me to play in the YoungStars Game," said Mason. "And while I am disappointed that I won't be able to go, my top priority is my health and my team. I hope everyone will understand that."

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