Anton Khudobin has a new team and new theme for his Vaughn masks.
After sporting a raging bear on his masks with the Providence and Boston Bruins, Khudobin’s new Carolina mask for the 2013-14 season blends the Hurricanes swirling logos on each side with a pair of twisting demons on the top.
Artist Ron Slater, of Slater Lettering and Graphics, who is also the painter behind Tuukka Rask’s designs in Boston, created Khudobin’s bold new look on a custom molded Vaughn mask that was fitted and made for him by Dom Malerba of Pro’s Choice.
With the Raleigh city skyline over Khudobin’s forehead, connected to the demons in the sky by lightning flashes, Slater has created a nice blend of big, bold symbols that are easily recognizable from a distance and more intricate detail that emerges when you see the mask up close.
The backplate features the coat of arms of the Russian Federation, altered to include the Russian flag in the center and underneath the double headed eagle. To the right of the eagle there is the number 22 to in memory of Khudobin’s former KHL teammate Igor Korolov, who died in the plane crash that involved Lokomotiv Yaroslavl two years ago. Khudobin has also added Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s logo to his mask to further show his support.