Flyers goalie Steve Mason found a unique – and somewhat horrifying – way to honour Philadelphia’s historic figures on his new mask.
Designed and painted by Franny Drummond of Paint Zoo, Mason’s mask is set during the signing of the Declaration of Independence and features Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington – with a twist. All have been turned into zombies for Mason, who has always preferred scary, horror-themed lids.
The Flyers logo is stitched onto the top, as well his nickname “Mase” on the chin, and also features the Liberty Bell and a key to the city being offered up by a grinning Franklin. A zombie Washington is featured on the backplate, along with a replica of part of the Declaration of Independence.
NHL.com had the full story, including a video of the early stages, earlier this summer of how the idea came to be, with Drummond going back and forth with Mason since June:
“He said, ‘I want horror, but without a horror movie,’ ” Drummond told NHL.com back then. “He [Mason] said, ‘why don’t we do Ben Franklin as a zombie,’ [and] I said, ‘I guess we could do it.’ I said I’ll do sketches, over the summer we’ll go back and forth over design work, and this is basically what I came up with. Betsy Ross, any historical figures, and taking it and making it into a zombie apocalypse that hit Philadelphia in 1776.”
Be sure to check out more work from Drummond, who has painted Flyers masks for Brian Boucher, Ilya Bryzgalov and Bernie Parent, on his Paint Zoo Website. In the meantime enjoy his latest masterpiece: