BUFFALO It appears that Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin will be getting the start against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night at the First Niagara Center. Hell be doing his job for the Black and Gold while the area around his homeland has been turned upside down by a meteor shower.
Khudobin said that he grew up about a three-hour drive from the city of Chelyabinsk where pieces of a meteorite crashed down on Thursday with impacted areas that left untold damage and destruction in its path.
Khudobin said his parents still live about 300 kilometers away from the area where the meteors slammed into the earth, and that hed been keeping track of things over the last 24 hours via the Internet and news sites.
Everybody is safe I hope and everything is fine. I heard from a few people I know over there and everybody is going to be safe. I hope everybody over there is safe whether I know them or not. Every summer I go back there and spend maybe a month there, said Khudobin. They are getting ready for playoffs over there. Its a big hockey town.
My mother wasnt in town and my father was on a road trip with a junior team. So they werent near it when it happened. But its pretty much like when we had the snowstorm in Boston. Everybody was contacting me and asking if I was going to be safe, and if I was okay. Its kind of the same. Theyre in front of the world news now. Theyve got to do their job there and Ive got to do my job here. I just hope everybody is going to be safe.
The meteor hit the home arena for the Traktor Chelyabinsk KHL club, and that the impact of the meteorites making impact shattered windows in the area and set off car alarms all throughout the city. Heres the official statement from the KHL on the meteor shower and the damage it caused:
The meteor shower which struck Chelyabinsk and its environs has also caused some disruption to the hockey season schedule.
The emergency services have confirmed that the walls of the Arena Traktor were among those structures to suffer damage, and therefore large-scale events at the stadium have been postponed.
The sporting facilities will undergo an inspection by experts to assess the readiness of the arena to return to full operational use.
The Chelyabinsk team was on the road when the meteors crashed into the area around the arena, and was set to begin the KHL playoffs next week.