A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, goaltender Chris Mason was between the pipes for the Admirals from 1998-2002 and briefly in 2003-04. He is second all-time in Admirals history for games played by a goalie (173), third all-time in shutouts (10), and is fourth all-time for wins (70).
"Chris is a character guy and pro's pro. He came to play every night and always gave us a chance to win, which is all you can ask of a goalie," said former Admirals coach Dave Allison.
After his first professional hockey season with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Mason joined the Admirals at the start of the 1998-99 season. In his first year with Milwaukee he contributed 15 wins in 34 games while posting a solid 0.906 save percentage. This success translated in Mason receiving his first taste of NHL hockey with the Admirals parent club the Nashville Predators.
Traveling between Milwaukee and Nashville would become a trend during Mason’s tenure. As a member of the Admirals he would be called up to play 21 games for the Predators. He was an ever improving player that refined his skills, studied the game, and sharpened his senses to take the next step in his career.
Mason’s second year with the Admirals proved to be his best. He started the majority of games in net for the Ads, playing in 53 total games, and won 20 of those appearances and he chalked up a 2.78 goals against average and .904 save percentage. While he didn’t play in as many games the following season, 2000-01, he posted his strongest numbers: a 2.35 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
Mason’s final full season with the Admirals came in 2001-02 when earned another 17 win season with Milwaukee and held a 0.917 save percentage over the course of 48 games played. He finished his Admiral career with a rehab appearance from Nashville in 2003-04, stopping 28 shots and earning the victory against the Cleveland Barons on January 2.
Since that 03-04 campaign, Mason has been an NHL regular with the Predators, where he is currently the back-up to Pekka Rinne, the St. Louis Blues, and the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets.
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