Goalie Anton Khudobin, proud son of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, grew up some 200 miles from where the meteor caused such havoc on Friday in the Chelyabinsk region. Khudobin said he was thankful that both of his parents were nowhere near where the meteor left a large crater and reports of more than 1,000 injuries.
“It’s only what I saw in the media, ‘’ said Khudobin, chatting after the morning workout. “One friend sent me a message that a meteor just landed. And a picture. And it’s this huge hole [in the ground]. But [initially] I don’t know if it’s true or not.’’
The site, Khudobin said, is some three hours’ drive from his home.
“It’s really close,’’ he said. “I don’t know how scary it is. I heard the sound was really bad. I heard windows blew out in apartment buildings.’’
Upon hearing the news, and seeing pictures over the Internet, Khudobin wasn’t sure what to think.
“A buddy posted a picture and I figured, ‘Oh, he’s probably joking . . . oh, it was just the sky, whatever . . . clouds.’ And after I saw the [posted] comments, you can go the video on YouTube, and after I watched the video. Everybody is safe . . . I hope everything is fine. I hope everybody is safe.’’
Concern over the incident, said Khudobin, reminded him of all the e-mails he received last weekend, friends from across the world inquiring how he was coping in the 2 feet of snow that fell in Boston.
“Everybody was talking to me, asking, ‘Are you safe, is everything OK?’ ’’ he said. “That’s kind of the same. They are in front of the world news right now. But I do my job here. They do their job there. And I hope everybody is going to be fine.’’