Rask in 2013.
10 March 1987 |
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL Draft||21st overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tuukka Mikael Rask (born March 10, 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. On June 24, 2006 his rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft. He is the older brother of Joonas who plays professionally with HIFK in the Finnish Liiga.
He then played in 27 games for the Tampere-based Ilves Jr. in the Finnish Junior League. His goals against average (GAA) was 1.86 with two shutouts and a .935 save percentage. He was the top ranked European goaltender in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Rask played his last European ice hockey season as the number one goaltender for the Ilves senior team in the Finnish top-flight SM-liiga.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Rask in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Before playing a single regular season game for Toronto he was traded to the Boston Bruins for former Calder Trophy winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Toronto management had deemed Justin Pogge their potential goaltender of the future, and Rask became expendable. It was later revealed that the Bruins intended to release Raycroft, which would have made him available to Toronto without giving up Rask.
On 5 May 2007, Rask signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins, and was in attendance to observe the Providence Bruins's 2006–07 playoff run for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Calder Cup championship. The Providence team did not make it past the second round of the Calder Cup against the Manchester Monarchs, but Rask practiced with the Providence team briefly.
On 5 November 2007, Rask was called up from Providence to the Boston Bruins for the first time. Just two weeks later, on 20 November, he recorded his first NHL win, a 4–2 victory on the road against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On 3 October 2008, the Bruins assigned Rask to the Providence Bruins. Rask had the best save percentage (.952) among the goalies in pre-season play, followed by teammates Manny Fernandez (.875), Tim Thomas (.869), and Kevin Regan (.857). Despite this the team decided to go with the two veteran goaltenders, Thomas and Fernandez, for the 2008–09 season.
With nagging back spasms keeping Fernandez from play shortly after the All-Star Game break, Rask was once again called up to serve as a second goaltender, and on 31 January 2009 he played his first (and only) game with the Bruins in the 2008–09 season, and earned his first ever NHL shutout, a 1–0 home effort against the New York Rangers, with Marc Savard scoring the only Bruins goal.
Not long after the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Rask, who had been named the backup goaltender to Thomas, signed a two-year extension to his contract with the Bruins on 5 November 2009 that kept him under contract through the 2011–12 season.
In the 2009-10 regular season, Rask was the only goalie with a goals against average less than 2.00 and the only goalie with a save percentage over .930. Despite having been the only qualifying rookie in NHL history to lead the league with a sub-2.00 goals against average as well as lead the league in save percentage, and having supplanted the Vezina Trophy winner Thomas as the starter, Rask was not named as a finalist for the rookie of the year award. In the 2010-11 NHL season, Thomas returned to form, making Rask once again the backup. With the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup for Boston, Rask became only the second Finnish goaltender to do so, after Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks the previous year.
On June 28, 2012 Rask re-signed with the Boston Bruins on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
Prior to the declaration of the 2012–13 lockout, Rask was named as the starting goalie for the Bruins, replacing Tim Thomas, who would eventually be traded to the New York Islanders on February 7, 2013. Rask led the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup final in 3 years, but they lost in 6 games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
On July 10, 2013, the Bruins re-signed Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract. During the following NHL lockout (which ended on January 6, 2013), he played for HC Plzeň which won the Czech Extraliga that year.
Following the 2013-2014 season, Rask was awarded the NHL's Vezina Trophy, awarded to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position". Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, highlighted by a career-best 10-game point streak from Mar. 20-30 (9-0-1), as the Bruins captured their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990 and led the Eastern Conference in team defense (2.08 GA/game).
|Competitor for Finland|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Hockey Championships|
Rask played in four of Finland's six games en route to the Bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, including a 3-1 defeat of host nation Russia in the quarterfinals, and a shut-out of the USA team in the Bronze medal game.
Regular season and playoffs
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- "P-Bruins capture Calder Cup". Boston Bruins. 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Bruins sign Rask". Boston.com. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
- "Bruins blank Rangers behind Rask". National Hockey League. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-31.
- "Bruins re-sign Rask to two-year deal". Boston Bruins. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
- "Goaltending Save Percentage leaders". National Hockey League. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- "Goal Against Average leaders". National Hockey League. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Single Season Goaltending Leaders". hockeyreference.com. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- "Islanders acquire Goaltender Tim Thomas from Bruins". The Sports Network. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
- "Bruins' Rask wins his first Vezina Trophy". NHL. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- "Finland player statistics". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
- "Sochi.ru - Ice Hockey - Men - Playoffs Quarterfinals, Game 24". stats.iihf.com. International Ice Hockey Federation. February 19, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
- "Finland 5, USA 0 Boxscore". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
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|Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
|Awards and achievements|
|Winner of the Vezina Trophy