Saw this at a great goalie website InGoal Magazine (ingoalmag.com): picture of what MA Fleury in Pittsburgh will be wearing this coming season. Looks like Fleury is going with an evolution of the theme he used last year. Nice looking mask – love the chin with the number.
Picture of Brodeur at Team Canada’s Camp this week. How did this happen??
All three had great seasons (Bobby Ryan is ging to be a monster in this league shortly) but was there any doubt Steve Mason would win?
Congratulations Tim Thomas. You are an inspiration to anyone who has a dream on- and off-ice. Your perseverance and hard work are examples to all young people regardless of their ambitions in life. You epitomize what a person with a dream is all about.
From today’s Denver Post-
Jonas Gustavsson received the burgundy-carpet treatment from the Avalanche.
Gustavsson, the 24-year- old Swede considered one of the best goalies in the world not currently playing in the NHL, wrapped up an approximately 24-hour trip to Denver on Monday. The Avalanche is one of four NHL teams he is considering joining.
Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Gustavsson arrived Sunday and left Monday afternoon. He was not made available to the media, but Martineau said Gustavsson met with several Avalanche players and management staff, including new coach Joe Sacco, and was given a tour of the city and the Pepsi Center, including the Avalanche’s dressing room.
Because of NHL rookie/age collective bargaining bylaws, Gustavsson can earn a maximum of $900,000 next season, a number the salary cap-strapped Avs could afford. After next season, Gustavsson could earn considerably more, and the Avs will have more cap room then.
Martineau confirmed that former Avs star Peter Forsberg has spoken on the team’s behalf, in an unofficial recruiting effort. The team would not divulge which players met with Gustavsson.
Gustavsson led Farjestad to the championship of the Swedish Elite League this year. He posted a 1.96 goals- against average and .932 save percentage in the regular season and wants to play in the NHL.
The Avs will receive tough competition in the battle to sign Gustavsson, including from a Toronto team that just signed famed goalie coach Francois Allaire.
From Canwest News Services (06.15.09)
One of the players who may take centre stage at the National Hockey League awards in Las Vegas on Thursday is Steve Mason.
The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender, who is vying for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie, nearly quit hockey four years ago.
Seeing limited action in 2005-06 with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights and playing away from his Oakville, Ont., home, he wasn’t sure how to handle it.
“I was really frustrated,” Mason, 21, told the Columbus Dispatch. “I called home a lot, because there were more than a few days when I thought I just wanted to walk away. I thought I’d go back to playing hockey with my friends, go back to a regular school and get on with my life.”
This year, however, his dedication has paid off.
He was second among NHL goalies with a goals-against average of 2.29 and led the league with 10 shutouts. He also was ninth in wins (33) and 11th in save percentage (.916).
“His dad took most of those phone calls (in 2004),” Mason’s mom, Donna Mason, told the newspaper. “We always knew he was just going through a rough patch, like all athletes – all kids – do from time to time. We thought if he got through it, he’d be OK.
“But I didn’t have a clue he’d end up where he is today. This is every kid’s dream.”
NHL Feature Video on Mason as the NHL Awards is held in a few days-
“He’s amazing, he’s truly amazing. He battled and he battled. Hat’s off to him. He battled through a lot of criticism and a tough start and he battled back and he was awesome.”
-Bill Guerin on MA Fleury