Chris Mason (ice hockey): Wikis

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Born April 20, 1976 (1976-04-20) (age 33),
Red Deer, AB, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
F. teams
St. Louis Blues
Nashville Predators
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 122nd overall, 1995
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1997 – present

Christopher Mason (born April 20, 1976) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Mason was drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in the 1998–99 season, appearing in three games for the Nashville Predators in relief of starters Mike Dunham and Tomas Vokoun. He spent the better part of the next four seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Mason was called up for one game in the 2000–01 NHL season - his first complete game in the NHL, which was a loss.

In 2003–04, Mason joined the Predators full-time as the backup to starter Vokoun. In 17 appearances that season, Mason finished with a 4–4–1 record, with a 2.18 GAA and .926 save percentage.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Mason played for Vålerenga Ishockey in the Norwegian league. Being hailed as the best goalie in the league ever, he played a big part in Vålerenga securing their 25th league championship and their 24th Norwegian Championship by winning the playoffs.

On April 15, 2006, when he was starting because starting goaltender Vokoun was lost for the year with a blood condition, Mason was credited for a goal when Phoenix Coyotes forward Geoff Sanderson shot the puck into his own net. Mason became the ninth NHL goaltender to score a goal and joined Damian Rhodes as the only goalies to be credited with a goal in both the AHL and the NHL.[1]

In response, Mason said, "It was a cheesy goal. Someone else should have received it." [2]

In the off-season of 2007, Vokoun was traded to the Florida Panthers for a few draft picks, leaving Mason as the starter for Nashville, alone with backup goaltender Dan Ellis. Mason quickly won the first two games, the collective scores of which were 9–1 in favor of the Predators, but then dropped a startling seven straight games. Dan Ellis, however, was able to step up for the Predators and win four straight. Mason returned to play against the Detroit Red Wings in a 43-save loss. The loss was no surprise, but Mason did show that he could effectively remain the Nashville starter, and continued to start for the remainder of his time with the Predators.

On June 20, 2008, Mason was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2008 4th round draft pick.[3] Before his second start for the Blues against Carolina Hurricanes, he had an emergency appendectomy. While he did get First Star honour with a save percentage of .966 (28 of 29 shots on goal), he was on the losing end of a 1-0 scoreline. He had many games like that in relief of starter Manny Legacé only allowing one or two goals but still getting a loss; however, his solid play earned him the #1 spot in February, 2009, as Legacé was sent to the minors. Mason was partially responsible for a surge by the Blues in February-March where they climbed from the basement of the Western Conference to contending with several other teams for a playoff spot and racked up an impressive 25-9-7 record in the last half of the year.Chris Mason was credited with all but one of the wins. The Blues eventually clinched a playoff spot, after being last in the Western Conference on Feb. 18, 2009. They were swept by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs.

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International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World Championships
Gold 2007 Russia

Mason was a member of the 2007 Canadian IIHF World Championship team that won gold in a 4–2 win against Finland in Moscow.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1993–94 Victoria Cougars WHL 5 1 4 0 237 27 0 6.84
1994–95 Prince George Cougars WHL 44
1995–96 Prince George Cougars WHL 59
1996–97 Prince George Cougars NHL 50 19 23 1 2852 172 2 3.62 .900
1997–98 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 47 13 19 7 2368 136 0 3.45 .903
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 3 0 0 0 69 6 0 5.21 .864
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 34 15 12 6 1901 92 1 2.90 .906
1999–00 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 52 20 21 8 2952 137 2 2.78 .904
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 37 17 14 5 2226 87 5 2.35 .920
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 1 0 58 2 0 2.05 .900
2001–02 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 48 17 21 7 2755 116 2 2.53 .917
2002–03 San Antonio Rampage AHL 50 25 18 6 2914 122 1 2.51 .921
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 17 4 4 1 743 27 1 2.18 .926
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .933
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 23 12 5 1 1226 52 2 2.54 .913
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 40 24 11 4 2342 93 5 2.38 .925
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 51 18 22 6 2691 130 4 2.90 .898
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 27 21 7 3214 129 6 2.41 .916
NHL totals 192 85 64 1 18 10346 439 18 2.55 .914

Playoffs

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 5 1 4 418 17 0 3.45 .901
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 4 256 10 0 2.34 .916
NHL totals 9 1 8 552 27 0 2.93 .907

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