Jets goalie Chris Mason’s new goalie mask pays tribute to his favorite heavy metal band,  the “elephant” in the Oilers room, and a look at the big winners and losers in Hockey Night in Canada’s schedule for the upcoming season.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait recently reports Jets goalie Chris Mason new mask will feature a Jets logo and a tribute to heavy metal masters Iron Maiden.

“We went back and forth, lots of phone calls, and I sent Steve some sketches and he did some art and we mulled over a bunch of different ideas,” Mason said in an interview withInGoal. “Then he came up with the Iron Maiden Eddie (the band’s mascot) in the old fighter jet and I thought it was perfect. I loved the image and thought that was really appropriate for the Jets.

“I’m a fan of a few songs. ‘Aces High’ is one song I really like, so it’s kind of perfect.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pretty cool. Gotta love the paint jobs goalies get on their masks nowadays. Considerable amount of artistry going into these efforts.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy noted in the “Cult of Hockey” blog the “elephant in the room” for the Oilers since 2005-06 has been they’re getting outshot on a consistent basis, putting considerable pressure upon their defense and goaltending.

“Edmonton has been getting outshot to the tune of 400 shots a season for the past four years in a row, pretty much five shots a game. The Oilers are giving up fully 15% more shots than they take, year after year. That’s too big a disadvantage to be overcome by shooting and save percentages; even a team that executed like the dynasty Oilers would be hard-pressed to atone for such a deficit in flow of play. ”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The stats cited by McCurdy certainly indicate a serious problem for the Oilers defensive play, one which must be addressed, starting this season, if this team is going to make any significant improvement in the standings.


OTTAWA CITIZEN: James Gordon recently posted up Hockey Night in Canada’s schedule for the upcoming season, and of the Eastern-based teams, the Senators are the “least favored, with only 20 games slated to be televised by CBC.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the unfortunate thing for non-playoff Canadian teams, as they usually end up getting less broadcast time on HNiC…unless they’re the Maple Leafs.