Now the Philadelphia Flyers' net minder is at it again. Mason's newest mask -- designed, just like his first one, by Fran Drummond -- arrived Friday, and this one also features some familiar faces, zombified.
But rather than reaching into the past, Mason has opted for a much more modern cast of characters: his teammates. Mason's new mask features zombie Claude Giroux, zombie Jakob Voracek, zombie Scott Hartnell, and zombie Wayne Simmonds.
Now, before you freak out, thinking Mason killed his teammates without permission, know that he got clearance before Drummond went to work.
"I thought of a couple guys to put on there, some of the guys I'll hang around with away from the rink more often," Mason said. "I asked for their permission. I didn't want to make them a zombie without their permission, but I'm sure they're pumped to see the final product."
It might have been an odd question -- Can I make you a zombie? -- but Mason said it wasn't hard to ask his teammates.
"I just flat-out told them, ‘Would you want to be on a helmet? You're going to get a lot of airtime. At the end of the day you'll probably look better as a zombie than you do in real life,'" Mason said.
If you're wondering, the other two figures on the backplate of the mask are head equipment manager Derek Settlemyre and equipment manager Harry Bricker.
But wait! There's more. This time around, the zombie design comes with a matching stick.
It's zombie overload, like following The Walking Dead with The Talking Dead. (And, like The Walking Dead, Mason is still coasting on the strength of one good season.)
Here's video of Mason receiving the mask. He's about as excited to see it as we are:
And if that's not enough, you can go behind the scenes of the mask's making at DSP Photo Studios.
The real question, of course, is whether or not this will intimidate opponents. Because the Flyers' defense really doesn't.
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