Niagara has announced the addition of Andrew Mason as director of hockey operations.
Mason will be responsible for video analysis, analytics, team logistics and academic coordination at Niagara.
Mason joins the Purple Eagles after spending the 2016-17 season in the same position at Hobart, returning to his alma mater where he previously served as a student manager for four seasons. He also spent three years in the hockey operations department for the Columbus Blue Jackets organization from 2013-16.
“We are very excited to add Andrew to our staff here at Niagara,” Niagara coach Jason Lammers said in a statement. “He has gained significant experience at both the collegiate and professional level, which will help him contribute to our commitment to excellence.”
Mason returned to Hobart last season as director of hockey operations, where he was tasked with filming games and breaking down video for the coaching staff in addition to running the Statesmen’s social media accounts.
Hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013 as a hockey operations intern, Mason analyzed video of 2014 and 2015 NHL Draft prospects. He then joined Columbus’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, as the hockey operations assistant and was on staff during the 2015-16 season as the Monsters won the Calder Cup as AHL champions. He assisted players and staff with employment paperwork and facilitating player movement between Lake Erie and Columbus, in addition to assisting the coaching staff with player performance analytics.
A 2013 graduate of Hobart, Mason received a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies. He was a student manager for the Statesmen during all four years of his undergraduate studies.