CHL-Russia ADT Challenge: Khudobin Returns to Russia

By Simon Richard

“I’m flying back home tomorrow,” said Russian Selects goaltender Anton Khudobin to Hockey’s Future after the second game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge in Montreal on Tuesday November 23rd.

The best player of the first two games of the 2004 Russians Selects tour in Canada said that he was just promoted to the Russian Superleague’s Metallurg Magnitodorsk team from its junior affiliated team. “The team needs a goaltender so I have to leave Canada in order to be ready to play the next game in Kazan,” Khudobin told HF in an exclusive interview.

Khudobin, a Minnesota Wild 2004 seventh round selection, was a main factor in his team’s two wins against the QMJHL stars. Both games were tied 3-3 after three periods but Khudobin denied all QMJHL shooters during the overtime shootouts. On Tuesday, he stopped four shootout attempts by the QMJHL stars.

His departure means that Canadian fans won’t see him play in the remaining four games of this tour against OHL and WHL teams.

More information will follow soon on HF pages on Khudobin and other players involved in the Challenge.

Simon Richard is the author of La Serie du siecle, Septembre 1972, a book about the Summit Series published in 2002.
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