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Steve Mason never knew he could wear goalie pads that fit

Mar 17, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

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As you know, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been pretty awful this year and part of that misery has been the brutal play of starting goalie Steve Mason.

Would you believe that Mason’s poor play may have resulted because he was wearing pads that were too small? It’s true according to Shawn Mitchell of The Columbus Dispatch, and Mason’s reasons for not wearing fitting pads are unreal.

“I never knew I could,” Mason said. “If I knew, I would have done it three years ago. I guess I was a little out of the loop on that kind of stuff. But we’ll make it work now.”

Mason says the old pads would leave him with bruises after getting hit with pucks in the ribs so often. Picture that if you will, playing goal with padding too small leaving more gaps in coverage to get hit by pucks being shot at 90-100 miles-per-hour at you. You might be pretty awful in goal too if your job was abusing you that way.

Not surprisingly, Mason’s numbers have improved since switching to the new equipment. Since making the switch he’s gone 7-3-1 and his numbers are more befitting that of a starting NHL goalie. If Mason can close out the season as strong as he’s playing now, it makes you wonder what might’ve been had he been more on top of things from the get go.

  1. velocirapist - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    How does that even happen?

  2. cosanostra71 - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Well that’s embarrassing

  3. HitsDingers - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    This is just shockin… oh, Columbus? Carry on.

  4. hank10 - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    To admit to such a thing is even worse. ‘Gee, you mean I can get better pads than I wore in Pee-Wee?’

  5. uscthom78 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    It didn’t prevent him from winning the Calder.

  6. east96st - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Ignoring Mase’s own stupidity (he will own the Jackets one day with that IQ), what does it say about an organization that gave him a new contract and made him their starting goalie for three and half seasons that no one noticed this or asked about it? Who was the equipment manager? Moe, Larry, or Curly? Four head coaches and not one said to the goalies coach, “I want you to watch this guy from the moment he comes in the locker room. If sneezes different than the typical NHL goalie, I want to know about it. We need to figure out what’s wrong with this kid.”. The stupidity that passes for business as usual in Columbus is mind boggling. Yet, even after this year, even after all these revelations, people will still buy season tickets. So, apparently, there IS something in the water in Columbus.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      My thoughts exactly. This is the stuff you maybe don’t want to talk to the media about.

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