The 24-year-old goaltender has spent the offseason addressing possible culprits for his descension from budding superstar to someone simply fighting to stay in the league. Now Mason’s eager to see if the work he’s put in, most notably re-dedicating himself in the gym and shedding some weight, will pay off. “It’s been a good summer of training. I had a clean slate going into this summer, a fresh state of mind. It’s only been practices, but I’m feeling really good and seeing really good results,” the Minor Oaks Hockey Association product said It was only three-and-a-half years ago that Mason won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year, backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to the franchise’s first — and only — playoff appearance. But it feels as though it’s been much longer than that, particularly to Mason, who readily admits last year was the most difficult season he’s ever endured as a hockey player. “It wasn’t a lot of fun at all. It was tough to get through,” Mason said. “But obviously I’m here, still playing hockey. I learned a lot. Our goaltending coach Ian Clark was a big help throughout the year, making sure I got through the tough times, and I feel as a working partnership we accomplished a lot to get to where we wanted by the end of the season. I’m really looking forward to picking up where we left off.” For more on this article from Inside Halton Click Here.