Mason Raymond was born September 17, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta. The second round, 51st overall selection of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Raymond is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
A speedy and gifted forward, Raymond began playing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2005-06, but didn't break out offensively until his second year with the club when he led the club in scoring with 46 points. Raymond became a pro in 2007-08 when he split his time between the Vancouver Cancuks and their AHL affiliate in Manitoba. In his 49 NHL games, Raymond tallied nine goals and twelve assists.