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Jul. 1, 2014

He has been working towards this goal since he decided to strap on the pads when he was 10. Over the weekend, all of that hard work paid off.

Mason McDonald was drafted 34th overall by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday. The Halifax netminder was the first goalie to be selected in this year's draft.

McDonald entered the draft ranked number two among North American goalies by NHL Central Scouting. The 6’4 goaltender split the past season between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the Charlottetown Islanders, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League club he was dealt to earlier this year. McDonald finished the season with eight wins, a 3.44 GAA and a .900 save percentage.

McDonald’s draft stock increased thanks in large part to his fantastic performance between the pipes for Canada at the 2014 Under-18 World Hockey Championship this past spring. McDonald finished with a 1.90 GAA and .930 save percentage in six games for Canada. He was also named the tournament's top goaltender.

Growing up in Halifax, McDonald spent time with the Halifax ACCEL Hawks of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League and the Halifax Titans of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. He was drafted 20th overall by the Acadie-Bathurst Titan during the second round of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

Hockey Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Mason on his great weekend. We are very proud of you!

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