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Leighton's new Game of Thrones-themed mask signals winter is coming

Helmet, which Lightning goalie will wear for 2017-18, has images of characters from HBO series @NHLdotcom

Winter is coming, and Michael Leighton is ready for battle.

The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie's new mask, which was unveiled Sunday, is inspired by the incredibly popular HBO series "Game of Thrones."

The artwork features characters Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, the Night King and the three-eyed raven.

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Leighton's mask was designed by Franny Drummond. In addition to the characters on the mask, a dragon outline is painted on the left side of the helmet, and the back features the throne itself.

This is Leighton's first season with the Lightning organization, and he'll likely start it with Syracuse of the AHL.

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