2006-07: Established career-highs in games played (40), wins (24) and shutouts (5)… Posted more wins (24) in 2006-07 than he did in his entire NHL career prior to 2006-07… Ranked second in the NHL in save percentage (.925), tied for sixth in shutouts (5) and ranked 10th in GAA (2.38)… His five shutouts tied a franchise high… Went 4-2 in shootouts, stopping 14 of 20 attempts… Made 21 consecutive starts for Nashville from Nov. 25-Jan. 6. His streak of 22 consecutive appearances is the second-longest in franchise history… Was named the NHL's second star for the week ending Dec. 17 (4-0-0, 1.21 GAA and .958 save percentage)… Tallied his first NHL assist in a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on Nov. 29… Faced a career-high 42 shots in a 1-0 shutout victory on Nov. 11 vs. Colorado… Won a gold medal as a back-up goaltender for Team Canada at the 2007 World Championships… Signed a two-year contract extension with Nashville on July 3, 2007. His current contract is through 2007-08 with his extension running through the end of the 2009-10 season.
2005-06: Went 2-0 in shootouts, stopping all five shots he faced… Finished the season with a career-high six consecutive wins (April 6-18) and eight straight starts (April 3-18)… Was named a runner-up for NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 16 (3-0-0, 1.01 GAA, one shutout and one goal)… Became the first Predator goaltender to score a goal in a 5-1 win vs. Phoenix on April 15… Missed three games due to injury… Was a back-up goaltender for Team Canada at the 2006 World Championships. PLAYOFFS: Backstopped the Predators in all five of their post-season games… Earned his first career playoff win in his first career playoff appearance, a 4-3 victory over San Jose on Apr. 21.
2004-05: Led Valerengen IF Oslo (Norway) to a league championship, recording a 1.79 GAA in 20 regular-season games and a 2.01 GAA in 11 post-season tilts… Named both the league’s top goaltender and the playoff most valuable player… Finished second in the league with a .933 save percentage.
2003-04: Spent the entire season with Nashville, appearing in 17 games after making four NHL appearances in his first six pro seasons (1997-2003)… Posted a record of 4-2-1 in his last seven starts and went 2-0-1 in three overtime tilts… Made a career-high 38 saves in a 2-1 overtime win at Colorado on April 4… Set a franchise record by posting a shutout streak of 141:37 over four appearances from Jan. 10-25… Registered his first NHL shutout in a 0-0 tie vs. Los Angeles on Jan. 13… Became the third goalie in Nashville Predators history (behind Mike Dunham and Tomas Vokoun) to record a victory in net when he won his first NHL game on Jan. 8 vs. Colorado… Reassigned to Milwaukee (AHL) for conditioning purposes from Jan. 1-3 and recorded a 6-2 win at Cleveland… Made his first NHL start since Dec. 1, 2000 on Oct. 19… Spent training camp with Florida before being claimed by Nashville in the 2004 NHL Waiver Draft on Oct. 3.
2002-03: Recalled by Florida once during the season (March 26-28) and served as a back-up on March 27 at St. Louis… Finished fourth among AHL goalies with 25 wins… Set a San Antonio franchise record for saves in a game with 55 on March 9 at Houston… Notched the first shutout in Rampage history on Nov. 24 at Rochester.
2001-02: Recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) on April 8 and served as the back-up goalie for Nashville’s final three games… Finished the season with 69 career wins as an Admiral, the second-most in franchise history… Named AHL Sher-Wood Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 18-24… Credited with a goal on Oct. 17 at Utah, becoming the sixth goalie in AHL history (and the first Milwaukee Admiral goalie) to score a goal.
2000-01: Opened the season with Nashville and was recalled from Milwaukee (IHL) four times… Made his first NHL start on Dec. 1 vs. Chicago… Ranked fourth in the IHL in GAA (2.35) and shutouts (5) and fifth in save percentage (.920)… Posted shutouts in four of five starts between Feb. 3-14 and set Milwaukee franchise records for single-season (5) and career (8) shutouts.
1999-00: Recalled by Nashville on April 2 and served as the back-up netminder for the team’s final three games… Finished the season ranked third among IHL goaltenders in minutes played (2952) and fourth in shootout wins (7)… Started 20 straight games prior to his April 2 recall, the longest streak for a Milwaukee goaltender since 1979-80... Made an IHL playoff-record 74 saves in game two of Milwaukee’s 2000 playoff series against Cleveland, including 32 in overtime... Nominated for the IHL’s John Snider Trophy, awarded to the IHL Man of the Year (community service).
1998-99: Made three appearances with Nashville while recalled from Milwaukee (IHL) from Dec. 14-Jan.19… Was also recalled from March 28-April 12… Made eight saves on eight shots in his NHL debut, a relief appearance on Dec. 16, 1998 at Anaheim… Tied for ninth in the IHL with a 2.90 GAA.
CAREER NOTES/AMATEUR: Began his pro career with Cincinnati (AHL) in 1997-98… Led Prince George (WHL) to the WHL Semifinals in 1997, the team’s first playoff appearance since 1989… Named to Prince George’s Mastercard All-Time team.
BACKGROUND: Hobbies include slow-pitch softball and video games… Favorites include Boondock Saints (movies), 24 (TV show), Nickelback (band), Denzel Washington (actor), chicken parmesan (food), Amerigo’s (restaurant) and Nassau, Bahamas (vacation spot)… Lists Will Ferrell as the person he would most like to meet… If he didn’t play hockey, he would be a firefighter… Enjoys Nashville for its friendly people and the city in general… Nickname “Mase”… His wife Courtney gave birth to their first child, daughter Avery, in the summer of 2006… Has a dog named Herk and a cat named Teence.
TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 3, 2003 – Claimed by Nashville from Florida in the 2003 NHL Waiver Draft… Aug. 20, 2002 – Signed as a free agent by Florida… Oct. 5, 1998 – Acquired by Nashville with Marc Moro from Anaheim for Dominic Roussel… June 27, 1997 – Signed as a free agent by Anaheim… July 8, 1995 – New Jersey’s seventh choice, 122nd overall (fifth round), in the 1995 Entry Draft.