Veteran G Mason retires, transitions to radio booth

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Longtime NHL netminder Chris Mason has hung up his skates.

Mason, 39, announced his retirement this week by revealing the next chapter in his career — starting this season, he’ll be providing color commentary for Nashville Predators radio broadcasts.

“I am excited and happy to be back in Nashville with my family for the next chapter of our lives,” Mason said in a statement. “I am really looking forward to rejoining the Nashville Predators family and working with all my friends in the organization.

“I love hockey, I love the fans of hockey and this opportunity gives me a chance to stay involved in the sport I have dedicated so much of my life to.”

A fan favorite in the Music City, Mason enjoyed some of the finest seasons of his career as a Predator. In 2006-07, he finished top-10 in Vezina voting on the strength of a .925 save percentage and 2.38 GAA, but was traded to St. Louis just one year later.

With the Blues, Mason was the starter for a surprising ’08-09 team — they were in last place on Jan. 19 before going on a 17-7-5 run to make the playoffs — and racked up 57 wins over two seasons.

Following his time in St. Louis, Mason played in Atlanta and Winnipeg before returning for a final season with Nashville in ’13.

He spent the last two years playing in the Italian and German Leagues.