This week’s installment for the Terrier Alumni Spotlight we go back to a few years ago and check in with Mason Mullaney. Mason played with the Terriers for two seasons during the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns. From Regina, Saskatchewan, Mason came to the Terriers and brought a physical aspect to the Terriers lineup. He was relied on shutting down teams’ top lines but also could chip in offensively.
Before joining the Terriers, Mason played a year of U18 AAA with the Battlefords Stars. In 44 games with the Stars, Mason scored 11 goals, 16 assists for 27 points and 64 penalty minutes. In 3 playoff games that year, Mason recorded one goal. In his 18-year-old season, Mason went to the KIJHL and played a year with the Nelson Leafs. With the Leafs, Mason played 33 games scoring 9 goals and adding 10 assists for 19 points. Mason was called up to play 3 games with the Terriers, adding 1 assist.
For Mason’s 19-year-old season, he was part of the Terriers regular lineup. Playing in more of a shutdown and penalty killing role, Mason still chipped in offensively a bit scoring 4 goals, 5 assists in 43 season games. Mason was a tough player who was usually the first one to step up for his teammates and recorded 59 penalty minutes that season. Coach Mat Hehr said “Mason was a warrior. He would play any role that was asked of him and was one of the best shut down guys in the league.”
Mason returned for his 20-year-old season and continued being a shut down guy. His hard work paid off and his numbers in his last season climbed. In 54 games, Mason contributed 13 goals, 13 assists and 109 penalty minutes. His offensive game started coming around which earned him some time on the powerplay later in the season and in the playoffs.
Mason and the Terriers went on a great playoff run that season and saw the Terriers knock off one of the top seed, Nipawin Hawks in seven games. Mason played in 14 playoff games that season scoring 4 goals and adding 1 assist. Mason was a warrior in the playoffs, blocking shots, making big hits and just getting in the face of the opposing teams’ top players.
Since finishing junior hockey, Mason played some senior hockey with the Southey Marlins of the HHL. In his first season, Mason played in 18 games scoring 8 goals and adding 13 assists. Unfortunately, his second season was cut short due to COVID-19.
Q and A with Mason Mullaney
- Name and years played with the Terriers?
I played with the Terriers 2017-18 & 2018-19
- Favourite memory during your time with the Terriers?
My favourite memory from my time with the Terriers was, when we won game 7 in Nipawin to advance to the second-round playoffs, in the 2018-19 season.
- Toughest SJHL opponent and hardest rink to play in?
The hardest opponent we played against, for me, would either be the Nipawin Hawks or the Battlefords North Stars. The hardest rink to play in is the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon (aka the Zoo)
- How did your time with the Terriers help get you to where you are today?
My time with the Terriers helped show me the true meaning of teamwork. I was able to learn and grow from an amazing coaching staff that wanted to teach us more than just hockey and they also taught us life skills.
- Favourite TV show or movie?
The Office and Yellow Stone
- What are you up to these days?
I am currently working in corrections in Regina.
- What are your plans for the next 3-5 years?
My plans in the next 3 – 5 years are to continue to build my work and life experiences so I can pursue a career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
- Favourite athlete of all time?
- Favourite Meal/Food?
My favourite meal/food is Sushi and, while in Yorkton the home-made pasta my billet mom would make.
- Favourite Music/Musician?
Country / Luke Combs
- What are some of your hobbies?
Golfing, Fishing, Ice fishing, Basketball, coaching high school football, working out
- Favourite sport other than hockey?
Golf and Football
Playing for the Terriers was an amazing experience surrounded by a phenomenal community. I just want to say thank you again to my amazing coaches and billets. Hopeful when times are more certain we will be able to enjoy watching the Terriers beat the Millionaires again. Cheers