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Steve Mason
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Born May 29, 1988 (1988-05-29) (age 30)
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 223 lb (101 kg; 15 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Draft 69th overall, 2006
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2008–present

Steve Mason (born May 29, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected 69th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Playing CareerEdit

Early Playing CareerEdit

Steve grew up in Oakville, Ontario, playing mostly A hockey until his Bantam year when he moved up to the AAA level with the Oakville Rangers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League.

He was drafted after his minor midget season with Oakville by the London Knights of the OHL in the 11th round of the 2004 OHL Priority Selection.

In 2004–05, while attending Abbey Park High School, Steve led the Grimsby Peach Kings club to the OHA Jr.C. title in 2004–05 and in 2005–06 was assigned to the Petrolia Jets Jr.B. club when his playing time was limited with London.

Despite this, Steve was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round (69th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He started the 2007–08 season with the Blue Jackets, but was returned to London after being a healthy scratch for Columbus' first two games of the season.

While competing for Team Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships, he was traded by the Knights to the Kitchener Rangers on January 4, 2008, hours before the semi-final game.

Upon returning from the World Junior Championships with a gold medal, Steve was briefly recalled by the Blue Jackets on an emergency basis in February, but did not appear in a game and was quickly returned.

He suffered a knee injury towards the end of the regular season, but with the playoffs approaching, he tried to play through it for several weeks.

After defeating the Plymouth Whalers in the first round, Steve was pulled out of the lineup and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on April 18th which forced him to miss the remainder of the OHL playoffs, as well as the 2008 Memorial Cup.

Kitchener won the OHL championship without Steve, but they lost 4–1 in the Memorial Cup final against the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Columbus Blue JacketsEdit

Before Steve's first professional season, he underwent an additional knee surgery in September, causing him to miss the first month of play in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Blue Jackets' minor league affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Shortly after recovering and joining the Crunch's lineup, Steve was called up by the Blue Jackets on November 4, 2008, in the absence of injured starter Pascal Leclaire. He made his NHL debut on November 5th, starting against, and defeating, the Edmonton Oilers 5–4.

Steve recorded his first NHL shutout several games later on November 22, making 15 saves in a 2–0 win against the Atlanta Thrashers. He continued to start games upon Leclaire's return from injury and was named NHL Rookie of the Month for November after posting a 5–2–1 record, including three straight wins and two shutouts.

In the midst of shutout streak (having not allowed a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks), Steve was named Rookie of the Month for a second-straight month in December.

Along with his three straight shutouts, Steve posted a 7–5–0 record, 1.41 goals against average (GAA) and .950 save percentage for the month.

Chosen to play for the rookies at the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game, Steve opted to skip the competition. It was later revealed on January 30, 2009, by Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson that he had been suffering from mononucleosis for the previous three-to-four weeks.

After three more starts, on February 8th, Steve was put on the injured reserve. He returned to the lineup on February 13 against the Detroit Red Wings in a 3–2 Columbus victory. He finished up the season with a 33–20–7 record, 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage.

For his season's performances, Steve was awarded the 2009 Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year honours, edging out Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks in the process.

Additionally, on April 27, 2009, the NHL announced that Steve was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender along with Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins and Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. Thomas was eventually awarded the trophy.

However, the next three seasons were a disappointment for Steve as he was unable to duplicate the play of his rookie year and the Blue Jackets failed to make another playoff appearance.

Philadelphia FlyersEdit

On April 3, 2013, Steve was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for goaltender Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round draft pick. On April 8, 2013, he signed a one-year contract extension worth $1.5 million.

Steve had four wins and two losses in Philadelphia and posted an impressive 1.90 GAA and a .944 save percentage, leading to speculation that he would replace Ilya Bryzgalov as the starting goaltender for Philadelphia.

In the off-season, on June 25, 2013, Bryzgalov was bought-out by the Flyers where the team subsequently signed goaltender Ray Emery which effectively promoted Steve to the starter's role.

On November 12, 2013, Steve recorded his first shutout for Philadelphia against the Ottawa Senators in a 5–0 win.

On January 18, 2014, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Flyers worth $12.3 million for an annual average of $4.1 million.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Oakville Rangers Min. Midget AAA OMHA 27 22 4 1 1215 41 5 1.58
2004–05 Grimsby Peach Kings NDJCHL 23 16 5 2 1239 61 2 2.96
2005–06 London Knights OHL 12 5 3 0 497 22 0 2.66 .931 4 0 1 150 7 0 2.80 .911
2005–06 Petrolia Jets WOHL 9 6 3 1 522 22 0 2.53 .931
2006–07 London Knights OHL 62 45 13 4 3733 199 2 3.20 .914 16 9 7 931 54 0 3.48 .910
2007–08 London Knights OHL 26 19 4 3 1569 73 2 2.79 .916
2007–08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 16 13 3 0 961 33 1 2.06 .915 5 5 0 313 10 1 1.92 .946
2008–09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 3 2 1 0 184 5 0 1.63 .937
2008–09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 33 20 7 3664 140 10 2.29 .916 4 0 4 239 17 0 4.27 .878
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 58 20 26 9 3201 163 5 3.05 .901
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 54 24 21 7 3027 153 3 3.03 .901
2011–12 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 46 16 26 3 2534 143 1 3.39 .894
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 13 3 6 1 712 35 0 2.95 .899
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 4 2 0 378 12 0 1.90 .944
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 61 33 18 7 3486 145 4 2.50 .917 5 2 2 244 8 0 1.97 .939
2014–15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 18 18 11 2885 108 3 2.25 .928
2015–16 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 54 23 19 10 3150 132 4 2.51 .918 3 0 3 176 12 0 4.09 .852
NHL totals 405 174 156 55 23,037 1031 30 2.69 .911 12 2 9 659 37 0 3.37 .895

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2008 Canada WJC Template:Goca 5 5 0 0 303 6 1 1.19 .951
Junior totals 5 5 0 0 303 6 1 1.19 .951

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic

Steve first competed for Team Canada at the under-20 level in the eight-game 2007 Super Series against Russia. He then led Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Prior to the semi-final game against Team USA, he was traded within the OHL from the London Knights to the Kitchener Rangers.

After defeating Team Sweden 3–2 in overtime of the gold medal game, Steve was named as the player of the game as he was in the semi-finals.

He was undefeated in five games with a tournament-best .951 save percentage and 1.19 GAA. He was named to the tournament all-star team, received top goaltender honours, and was named tournament MVP.

Following his rookie NHL season, Steve was named to Team Canada's summer orientation camp for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

He was not named to the final roster, but he was reported to have been designated an injury replacement (along with St. Louis Blues goaltender Chris Mason).

AccoladesEdit

Junior Hockey Awards

  • Named OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2007.

NHL

  • Named Rookie of the Month for November and December 2008.
  • The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year 2009.
  • Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2009.
  • Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 2009.

International Awards

  • Named Player of the Game in the semi-final (against Team USA) and gold medal game (against Sweden) at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
  • Named to the World Junior All-Star Team in 2008.
  • IIHF Best Player Award at the goaltender position at the World Juniors in 2008.
  • Tournament MVP at the World Juniors in 2008.

RecordsEdit

  • Set the OHL record for regular season wins with 45 in 2006–07 (broken by Andrew Engelage of the Windsor Spitfires with 46 wins in 2008–09)
  • Set the CHL record for assists by a goaltender with 8 in 2007.