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Dobby will protect the net: Check out Anton Khudobin's cool Stars mask

The Dallas netminder pays homage to a lovable Harry Potter character with his unique headwear

by Staff Report @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

Anton Khudobin might be getting some additional help protecting the net this season -- from a famous house elf.

Paying homage to his nickname, the new Stars goaltender's mask this season will include an illustration of the lovable Dobby from the Harry Potter series making a slick glove save.

A little magic, too? Maybe.

In an interview with InGoal Magazine, the mask's creator Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush said Khudobin asked him to incorporate the famous three-foot character on the mask for the first time in conjunction with his nickname, "Dobby," across the chin.

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It's not the mask's only unique feature. Drawn with a matte black and green base, Marsolais includes a star-lit night sky, the team's alternate state of Texas logo on the left side and Khudobin's traditional Russian phoenix on the back.

"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 told InGoal Magazine. "The finish of the mask is all matte to get a more vintage look."

Khudobin, who was signed as a free agent this summer following two seasons with the Boston Bruins, will showcase the new look starting Friday at training camp in Boise, Idaho.

For more great shots of Khudobin's mask, click here.

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