Profile: Mason Green

Profile: Mason Green

Mason Green was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to Murray and Heather Green.

He began skating at the age of three. When he was seven, his mother died of breast cancer. Murray did his best to keep his son in hockey, although it was difficult at times. Green was identified as being a poor student, although he was well liked by his peers. Green has said that the only thing that kept him in school was playing hockey.

When he turned 16, he was drafted by the OJL’s Thunder Bay Wolves, where he spent three seasons. He was drafted in the first round of the IHA draft when he turned 18, by the LA Knights, who had the seventh pick in the draft. Initially, the Knights believed Green needed more conditioning before making his debut in the IHA; they were convinced he was an immature player. He continued on in the OJL, being traded by the Wolves to the Hamilton Raiders.

During the off-season, Green signed an 8-year deal with the Knights, worth approximately $68 million. He made his IHA debut with the Knights on his 19th birthday, in a preseason game against the Denver Colts. Green played 56 games with the Knights. He recorded his first IHA point against the San Diego Wolves, assisting on a goal by Knights’ captain Sean Flanagan. A few days later, he registered his first goal in a game against the Philadelphia Falcons. He was named Rookie of the Year and collected the Grenier Trophy.

At the beginning of his sophomore season, Green experienced an extended scoring slump; he registered no points in the Knights’ first 10 games. The team sent him down to their minor league affiliate for conditioning. Green was called up following a trade a week later; he replaced veteran left winger Jacques Leclair on the third line. Green scored a goal in his first game after his return. He continued on a hot streak until January 22, scoring at a goal-a-game rate. The streak ended when he failed to score against the Boston Bears.

Green returned to the ice at the beginning of his third season, after a summer of rigorous training. The results were noticeable immediately; Green’s play had improved drastically. Early in the season, he led the league in points, goals, and shot accuracy. In November, he suffered a broken clavicle during a game against the Philadelphia Falcons, which sidelined him for 10 weeks. He returned to play after the All-Star break. Although he had a career year, he was unable to reach early projects for his goals.

Quick Facts
Birthdate: September 24 (Age: 24)
Height: 6’2 (188 cm)
Weight: 206 lbs. (93 kg)
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Hometown: Thunder Bay, ON
Draft: 1st round (7th overall)
Teams: LA Knights (IHA); Hamilton Raiders (OJL); Thunder Bay Wolves (OJL)

In his fourth season, Green again opened the year by leading the league in points and goals. Although his shooting percentage was down, he continued to score frequently. He recorded his first natural hat trick in the IHA on October 26, against the Miami Sharks. He was named to the All-Star team and took part in All-Star weekend at the end of January.

After the All-Star break, Green experienced a scoring slump. He scored in only 2 of the last 15 games of the season. He missed the Morris Trophy, awarded to the player with the most goals in a season, by just 3 points; the award went to Symon Tremblay of the Washington Stars instead. Tremblay had played 78 of 82 games; Green had played only 62.

Green played his first full season in his fifth season with the Knights. He scored a career-high 56 goals that season, although his overall points total slid. Many speculated about internal tensions within the Knights organization. Bruce Gadreau, then-coach of the Knights, suggested that Green was a difficult player to coach, and that his teammates found him difficult to work with. Other members of the team denied any such tensions. Green himself failed to comment on the situation, offering only that the team was “doing what [they] could.” Some speculated that the Knights were unable to provide players of a high enough caliber to work with Green.

In December, Green was announced as part of the roster for the Canadian men’s Olympic team. Despite excellent play during the Olympics in February, Green struggled offensively following the break. Rumors that he had failed an Olympic drug test proved unfounded, although speculation that illicit substance use was the cause of Green’s reduced scoring production continued through to the close of the season. Legal troubles also surfaced during this time, as Green faced rape charges from a claimant who alleged she had met him in a night club. Green denied the allegations, and both the IHA and the Knights released statements supporting him. The charges were eventually dropped and the matter resolved out of court.

Green failed to report for training camp prior to his fifth season, leading to a suspension by the team. Green did not participate in a game until October 21. He struggled offensively at first, reviving rumors of substance abuse. On November 12, it was revealed he was suffering from a groin injury when he failed to report for practice. The Knights placed him on injured reserve, although he only missed 4 games. Following his return, his play continued to be sloppy, leading to some pundits and fans calling on the Knights to trade him. Green ultimately stuck with the Knights for the remainder of the season. His critics were silenced when he exploded in scoring just before the Christmas break, registering 6 goals in 4 games, including a hat trick in one. Despite the slow start, Green finished the season with 60 goals, the highest in the league and a career best. He was awarded the Morris Trophy, along with the Zollerman Trophy as most valuable player.

International Play

Green has been named to a number of national teams during his career. He has represented Canada at the World Juniors, the World Championship, and at the Olympics. He represented Canada twice at the World Juniors, once in Moscow and the following year in Riga. Canada medaled both times, winning silver and gold respectively. Green was instrumental in Canada’s tournament dominance, registering 15 points in 8 games played during the Riga tournament and 12 points in 6 games during the Moscow tournament. Beginning when he was 19, he played for Canada at the World Championship each year, helping Canada to medal in three tournaments: Malmo (bronze), Moscow (bronze), and Turku (gold).

Green was invited to Team Canada’s Olympic ice hockey camp before he began his fifth season with the Knights. In December, Green was announced as part of the Olympic roster. He played every game of the tournament. Initially, he struggled offensively. During an elimination game against Slovakia, he assisted on 3 goals. He scored or assisted in every subsequent game, eventually scoring the game-winning goal against Russia in the silver medal game.

Personal Life

Green has a number of endorsement deals, most notably with sports drink giant Energaid, clothing and shoe giant Indra, and various others. He posed nude for Sports Illustrated’s annual Body issue. Green plays guitar and piano, and released an album on his 21st birthday.

Off the ice, Green involves himself in a number of charity organizations. He supports kids’ hockey in LA. In his hometown of Thunder Bay, he organizes a charity golf tournament, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research. Green regularly does fundraising for cancer research. His mother, Heather, died of breast cancer when he was seven.

Green is active on social media, often posting pictures and tweeting. He is somewhat infamous for posting photos of various tropical destinations, his yacht, and his cottage, as well as trendy venues around LA. He also meets celebrities regularly. In the summer, Green splits his time between Thunder Bay and his cottage in New Hampshire. He spends about two months in New Hampshire, often with his father, his step-mother Cora, his step-sister Emma, and his nephew and niece, Max and Amelia.

Green often portrays himself as fun-loving and easy-going. He has a reputation as a playboy, even among other IHA players, and as a party animal. His behavior has got him into trouble on numerous occasions. He faced considerable backlash over inviting adult actress Ginger Snaps to the IHA Awards ceremony. He is a regular attendee at the Cannes Film Festival and New York Fashion Week. He has been romantically linked to a number of models, pop singers, and actresses. It has been rumored that Green is bisexual, although he has never commented on the subject. Green confirmed that he was bonded once, although he says the bond was broken off by “mutual agreement.” The other party remains a mystery, despite much speculation.

Green has also faced discipline from the league regarding allegations of recreational drug use and possession of illegal substances. No criminal charges were laid against him. Green has been pulled over for DUI several times. A league representative has said that despite the allegations, Green has never failed a drug test issued by the IHA or other body.

Green’s fifth season and Olympic success was overshadowed by allegations of rape. A young woman filed charges against Green for an incident that alleged happened at LA’s trendy Las Palmas nightclub in August. Green denied all of the allegations, stating that he had “never met” the woman in question. The charges were dropped and the suit was settled out of court. Both the Knights and the IHA issued statements supporting Green.
 

Career Statistics

IHA

 

Scoring
Goals
Assists
Season
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
EV
PP
SH
GW
EV
PP
SH
1
19
LAK
56
30
15
45
-3
20
15
5
5
5
8
5
2
2
20
LAK
62
42
23
65
-1
24
20
10
5
7
13
7
3
3
21
LAK
47
31
28
59
0
18
15
11
1
4
15
10
3
4
22
LAK
62
53
34
87
-1
26
30
14
3
6
16
10
4
5
23
LAK
82
56
35
91
+2
32
32
16
4
4
18
15
2
6
24
LAK
78
60
40
100
+4
32
33
14
7
6
25
10
5
Career
387
272
175
447
0
152
145
70
25
32
95
57
19

International Play

Scoring
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
17
CAN (WJ)
6
6
6
12
+2
0
18
CAN (WJ)
8
7
8
15
+2
0
19
CAN (W)
8
8
8
16
-1
2
20
CAN (W)
9
9
7
16
+3
4
21
CAN (W)
8
9
6
15
-1
2
22
CAN (W)
9
8
6
14
0
0
23
CAN (O)
7
3
4
7
0
0
23
CAN (W)
7
6
6
12
+1
2
24
CAN (W)
9
9
6
15
+2
2

 Minor League

LG
Scoring
Age
Tm
GP
G
A
PTS
+/-
PIM
OJL
16
TBAY
66
44
33
77
+3
22
OJL
17
TBAY
78
65
45
110
+7
12
OJL
18
HAM
78
51
21
72
-1
26
Career
222
160
99
259
+3
60

 Awards and Honors

  • World Junior Championships – Silver Medal
  • World Junior Championships – Gold Medal
  • World Championships – Bronze Medal
  • World Championships – Bronze Medal
  • World Championships – Gold Medal
  • Grenier Trophy (Rookie of the Year)
  • Morris Trophy (Most Goals in a Season)
  • Zollerman Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
  • All-Star Team Nominations (2)
  • IHA Three-Stars (26)
  • IHA Player of the Month (10)

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