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Columbus goalie prospect Steve Mason has knee surgery, will miss Memorial Cup

BY JIM CRESSMAN

Nineteen-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Steve Mason, currently a goaltender with the Ontario League’s Kitchener Rangers, will be on the shelf for four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a minor tear April 18.

The injury means Mason will miss the Memorial Cup, which takes place May 16-25 in Kitchener.

Rookie Josh Unice, a Chicago Blackhawks prospect who won 30 games this season, has taken over from Mason, who was acquired by the Rangers from the London Knights on Jan. 3.

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Mason backstopped Canada to the world junior championship earlier this year. He missed one game during the conference quarter-finals against Plymouth, then limped off the ice after his knee buckled during Game 3 of the semifinals against Sarnia on April 8, three nights after the two teams went three overtimes in a game that lasted five hours.

The Rangers had said for 10 days he had the flu.