Hockey

Blue Jackets reward Mason with extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets confirmed Monday that they signed netminder Steve Mason to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets confirmed Monday that they signed netminder Steve Mason to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. 

The extension reportedly is worth $5.8 million US.

"Mason is a young goaltender with great size and athleticism and we are very pleased that we were able to agree on this contract extension," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said in a statement.

"He is an important member of our team and we're excited that he will continue to be a significant contributor to our hockey club in the future."

Mason, 22, posted a 20-26-9 record with a 3.06 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and five shutouts in 58 games last season — respectable numbers for a sophmore pro, to be sure, yet down slightly from his standout rookie campaign when he was named a second-team all-star and winner of the Calder Trophy.

The Oakville, Ont., native was 33-20-7 with a 2.29 GAA, a .916 SP and a league-high 10 shutouts in 61 appearances as an NHL rookie. 

He is already the franchise leader in shutouts (15).

Mason also backstopped Team Canada to a gold medal at the world junior championship in 2008, earning most valuable player honours.

With files from The Canadian Press

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