OHL Goaltender of the Year

By League Press Release

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced today that Steve Mason of the London Knights is the 2006-2007 OHL Goaltender of the Year.

Mason posted an impressive 45-13-1-3 record, along with a 3.20 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, in 62 games this season. Mason was instrumental in leading the Knights to their fourth consecutive Hamilton Spectator Trophy, along with the teams fourth consecutive Holody Trophy Midwest Division Championship. Mason’s 45 regular season wins is a new OHL record amongst goaltenders.

Mason, an 18-year-old native of Oakville Ontario is a 2006 third-round draft pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mason was named the OHL Goalie of the Month for November. Mason was also recognized as the OHL Player of the Week and the ADT CHL Goalie of the Week, for the week ending March 27, 2007. Mason was invited to the World Junior Selection Camp earlier this season.

The OHL Goaltender of the Year is awarded to the league’s most outstanding goaltender as selected by OHL coaches and general managers. Teams were not permitted to vote for a goaltender from their own hockey club. Goaltenders received five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote and one point for a third place vote.

Mason received 76 points in the voting process, followed by runner-up Michal Neuvirth of the Plymouth Whalers, who received 43 points. Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm finished third with 28 points.

Mason joins some elite company with past winners including Adam Dennis, Ray Emery, Andrew Raycroft and Manny Legace.

Mason will be the OHL nominee for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Year.