Blue Jackets send Steve Mason back to OHL

Former Canadian world junior star Steve Mason was sent back to the OHL on Sunday after a short stint as back-up goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Former Canadian world junior star Steve Mason was sent back to the OHL on Sunday after a short stint as backup goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Mason had been recalled on Wednesday after Pascal Leclaire sprained his neck during a game against the Washington Capitals.

Mason didn't see any action, though, as second-stringer Fredrik Norrena played from start to finish against the Phoenix Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks.

The Oakville, Ont., native has yet to play in an NHL regular-season game.

Mason has gone 22-6-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average in 31 OHL games with the Kitchener Rangers and London Knights.

The 19-year-old was named tournament MVP and top netminder at the recent world junior hockey championships in the Czech Republic.

Leclaire is expected to return for Sunday's home game against the Los Angeles Kings.