Tuukka Rask

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Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask - Boston Bruins.jpg
Rask in 2013.
Born (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 27)
Savonlinna, Finland
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Boston Bruins
Ilves
HC Plzeň
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 21st overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2004–present
Rask is congratulated by Tomáš Vokoun following the Bruins sweep over the Penguins in the 2013 playoffs.

Tuukka 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.

Playing career[edit]

Finland[edit]

Rask started his career in the youth teams of his hometown club SaPKo in Savonlinna, Finland.

He then played in 28 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[edit]

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.[1]

Boston Bruins[edit]

Rask as a member of the Boston Bruins.

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6][7] 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,[8] 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.[9] Rask led the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup finals in three years. In Round 3 vs Pittsburgh, Rask faced 136 shots in four games played, allowing 2 goals for 134 saves for a 0.50 GAA and a .985 save percentage. In the Stanley Cup finals, the Bruins were defeated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks and Rask recorded a .927 save percentage.

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).[10]

On December 4, 2014, Rask allowed a career-high seven goals against the San Jose Sharks.[11]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 2014 Sochi
World Junior Hockey Championships
Bronze 2006 Canada

Rask played in four of Finland's six games en route to the Bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics,[12] including a 3-1 defeat of host nation Russia in the quarterfinals,[13] and a shut-out of the USA team in the Bronze medal game.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004–05 Ilves SM-l 4 0 1 1 202 15 0 4.46 .875
2005–06 Ilves SM-l 30 12 7 8 1724 60 2 2.09 .926 3 0 3 180 7 0 2.33 .924
2006–07 Ilves SM-l 49 18 18 10 2872 114 3 2.38 .928 7 2 5 397 20 0 3.02 .924
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 45 27 13 2 2570 100 1 2.33 .905 10 6 4 605 22 2 2.18 .908
2007–08 Boston Bruins NHL 4 2 1 1 184 10 0 3.25 .886
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 57 33 20 4 3340 139 4 2.50 .915 16 9 7 977 36 0 2.21 .930
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00 1.000
2009–10 Boston Bruins NHL 45 22 12 5 2562 84 5 1.97 .931 13 7 6 829 36 0 2.61 .910
2010–11 Boston Bruins NHL 29 11 14 2 1594 71 2 2.67 .918
2011–12 Boston Bruins NHL 23 11 8 3 1289 44 3 2.05 .929
2012–13 HC Plzeň CZE 17 12 5 0 993 35 1 2.11 .924
2012–13 Boston Bruins NHL 36 19 10 5 2104 70 5 2.00 .927 22 14 8 1466 46 3 1.88 .940
2013–14 Boston Bruins NHL 58 36 15 6 3386 115 7 2.04 .930 12 7 5 753 25 2 1.99 .928
NHL totals 196 102 60 22 11,180 394 23 2.11 .928 47 28 19 3048 107 5 2.11 .930

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Simmons, Steve (June 9, 2013). "Simmons: Bruins would have taken Pogge instead of Rask from Maple Leafs for Raycroft". The Toronto Star. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "P-Bruins capture Calder Cup". Boston Bruins. 2007-04-28. Retrieved 2007-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Bruins sign Rask". Boston.com. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Bruins blank Rangers behind Rask". National Hockey League. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Bruins re-sign Rask to two-year deal". Boston Bruins. 2009-11-05. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Goaltending Save Percentage leaders". National Hockey League. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
  7. ^ "Goal Against Average leaders". National Hockey League. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Single Season Goaltending Leaders". hockeyreference.com. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  9. ^ "Islanders acquire Goaltender Tim Thomas from Bruins". The Sports Network. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bruins' Rask wins his first Vezina Trophy". NHL. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  11. ^ Goss, Nicholas (4 December 2014). "Bruins-Sharks Live: San Jose Wins 7-4; Boston Falls To 0-3-0 On Road Trip". New England Sports Network. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Finland player statistics". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Sochi.ru - Ice Hockey - Men - Playoffs Quarterfinals, Game 24". stats.iihf.com. International Ice Hockey Federation. February 19, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Finland 5, USA 0 Boxscore". International Ice Hockey Federation. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 

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Preceded by
Alexander Steen
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Jiří Tlustý
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sergei Bobrovsky
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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