Khudobin adds Harry Potter house-elf making glove save to Stars mask
Anton Khudobin has always had his nickname “Dobby” on the chin of his mask, but he wanted something new for his first Dallas Stars edition so he asked artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush to include the Harry Potter character who shares the name.
So Dobby, a “three-foot tall house-elf with bat-like ears and green eyes the size of tennis balls,” makes his NHL debut on the right side of Khudobin’s new Stars mask. But he’s not there to simply cast magic spells on opposing shooters; Khudobin wanted his house elf to make a save.
“He wanted him stop a puck with a goalie glove,” Marsolais said.
While the new addition will get the most attention, the rest of the mask is eye popping too, including an outline of Texas on the left and a brilliant night sky.
“For the graphic we went with a vintage style, the top part of the mask is a night sky with stars and shooting stars,” Marsolais said, noting the team logo was again incorporated into the “Lobby” nickname on the chin (it was a Bruins “B” before). “The finish of the mask is all matte to get a more vintage look.”
The details on Khudobin’s new Pro’s Choice mask are captured brilliantly by photographer Sebastien Gervais, and Marsolais was kind enough to share several up-close shots of the mask with InGoal below. For more from this talented artist, who has wowed us with masks like Michael McNiven’s realistic toque and Khudobin’s colour changing Boston masks for years, be sure to check out her website, Twitter feed and Instagram page . For now, enjoy the close ups of her latest for Khudobin, including the usual Russian Phoenix on the backplate, and a clip of the affable Russian’s new mask mate in action: