Posted September 12, 2013 on AP on Fox

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 14: Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets tends net against the Nashville Predators at the Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Steve Mason's goalie helmet looks like a prop straight out of ''The Walking Dead.'' His airbrushed gear includes American icons Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and George Washington reimagined as zombies. Yes, Franklin is even, naturally, holding a skeleton key on the eye-popping design. The art seems fitting since the Flyers were a dead team walking last season - they missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. With Mason in net, the Flyers will try and come back to life as Eastern Conference contenders. Mason and Ray Emery have one of the more intriguing battles of the preseason as they each try to become the No. 1 goaltender instead of splitting time as a tandem. The first step came Thursday when the Flyers opened training camp under fifth-year coach Peter Laviolette. Outside the locker room, the goalies talked of a friendship forged through offseason texts, the promise of rooting for the other, and filling any role as long as the team won. Long gone was any talk of bears...
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