The legend of Anton Khudobin, the adorable lifeline of the Stars – the Athletic


Riley Emmerson answered the phone late Monday night. It had been a full working day in Abbotsford, BC, with more to come in the morning, but he was not at all shy about setting aside some time. When it comes to Anton Khudobin, he never does. “All for Dobby, man,” Emmerson replied. “She’s a beauty.

More than a decade has passed since Emmerson and Khudobin were teammates in the ECHL, with the Texas Wildcatters now missing in 2007-08, and then again with the Florida Everblades the following season. These are just two of 10 teams the 34-year-old played for in his North American hockey career (at least three games) before landing with the Stars in 2018, with stints ranging from the WHL , ECHL, AHL and NHL. This odyssey culminated in the most unexpected places: three wins away from the Stanley Cup, Khudobin leaving the bench to play the role of main protagonist in the surprising playoff run in Dallas. Like NBC …


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