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Columbus signs Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, will back up against Detroit

Mar 28, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

Shawn Hunwick AP

The fun in goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets just jumped another level.

Starting goalie Steve Mason was injured this morning thanks to taking a shot off his head in practice and with the Blue Jackets only having backup goalie Allen York at their disposal, they were in desperate need of a goalie for tonight’s game against Detroit. The Columbus Dispatch’s Shawn Mitchell reports that the Blue Jackets have their answer in the form of University of Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick.

Hunwick was signed to an amateur tryout deal and will back up York for tonight’s game. Depending on Mason’s health, it could turn into a full-fledged contract for the 5’7″ 166-pound goaltender.

Going from college to the pros immediately is something we’ve seen this year with St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz and soon with Minnesota’s Jason Zucker, but playing goal is an entirely different monster.

As it is, York is the fourth-string goalie for the Blue Jackets, but thanks to injuries to Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford he was rushed to the show. Now Hunwick arrives as their fifth option. If you were wondering why the Jackets are the NHL’s worst team, it’s a mix of bad injury luck and bad management.

  1. contraryguy - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Mm hmm yeah, “accident”, wink wink nudge nudge.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Which is more believable: that he got pushed down the stairs, or just threw himself down in a fit of utter despair?

  2. dallasstars9 - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    If he does play, be easy on him Detroit. I foresee another blow out like Monday night.

  3. hockinj25 - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I hate the Wolverines. I hope he gets into the game and he gets lit up.

  4. cincycbjfan - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Headline in tomorrow’s Columbus Dispatch…

    “Howson signs Mason to 3 year extension…”

    That’s how it works when you have Larry, Moe, and Curly running the franchise!

  5. epictron1 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Anyone is better than Steve Mason….

    • michiganhockey11 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      They didn’t even have gear for him. He was wearing the winged mask and his college pads!

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