Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Mason
Netminder Bob Mason spent parts of eight seasons in the NHL during the 1980s and '90s. He was chiefly a reliable back up but enjoyed a successful international and minor pro career.

The native of International Falls, Minnesota was signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals after winning 26 games at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1982-83 and earning a place on the WCHA first all-star team. He then spent the 1983-84 season on the U.S. national team and made three appearances at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics as Mark Behrend's backup. When the Games ended, he played briefly with the Caps and the AHL's Hershey Bears.

Mason spent his first two pro seasons with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL while receiving the occasional recall from Washington. In 1986-87, he won 20 games for the Capitals and started four playoff games in the first round series against the New York Islanders. Mason was in goal for the deciding seventh match, which was ended by the Isles Pat Lafontaine at 8:47 of the fourth overtime period.

Prior to the 1987 Canada Cup, Mason was named Team USA's spare goaltender. He also signed as a free agent with the Chicago Black Hawks in the off-season and played 41 games in 1987-88 but did not gain a stranglehold of the starting job. The Hawks traded him to the Quebec Nordiques in July 1988 for utility forward Mike Eagles. Mason split the 1988-89 schedule between the weak Nords and the AHL's Halifax Citadels.

The veteran backstopper was re-acquired by Washington in June 1989 and played 16 games as a back up the next season. He later signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks and made six appearances in 1990-91. By this time, he was relegated to the minors where he remained until retiring in 1995. During this period he played his best hockey in the IHL with the Milwaukee Admirals.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1981-82 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 27 9 15 3 0 4.45
1982-83 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 43 26 16 1 1 3.49
1983-84 United States Nat-Tm 33 17 10 5 0 2.82
1983-84 United States Olympics 3 1 0 1 0 3.75
1983-84 Washington Capitals NHL 2 2 0 0 0 1.50
1983-84 Hershey Bears AHL 5 1 4 0 0 5.53
1984-85 Washington Capitals NHL 12 8 2 1 1 2.81
1984-85 Binghamton Whalers AHL 20 10 6 1 1 3.31
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 1 1 0 0 0 0.00
1985-86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 34 20 11 2 0 3.90 3 1 1 0 0 4.35
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 45 20 18 5 0 3.24 4 2 2 1 1.75
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 2 1 1 0 0 2.02
1987-88 United States Can-Cup
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 41 13 18 8 0 4.15 1 0 1 0 3.00
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 22 5 14 1 0 4.73
1988-89 Halifax Citadels AHL 23 11 7 1 1 3.43 2 0 2 0 0 5.57
1989-90 Washington Capitals Fr-Tour 1 0 1 0 0 8.00
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 16 4 9 1 0 3.50
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 13 9 2 2 0 3.43 6 2 4 0 0 3.22
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 6 2 4 0 0 4.93
1990-91 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 22 8 12 1 0 4.10
1991-92 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 51 27 18 4 1 3.39 3 1 2 0 0 5.03
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 44 20 19 3 0 3.67
1993-94 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 40 21 9 8 0 3.59 3 0 1 0 0 3.83
1994-95 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1994-95 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 13 7 4 1 0 4.03
NHL Totals 145 55 65 16 1 3.75 5 2 3 1 1.95


WCHA First All-Star Team (1983)
WCHA - Most Valuable Player (1983)
Signed as a free agent by Washington, February 21, 1984. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, June 12, 1987. Traded to Quebec by Chicago for Mike Eagles, July 5, 1988. Traded to Washington by Quebec for future considerations, June 17, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, December 1, 1990.
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