10 March 1987 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12 st 3 lb)|
HC Plzeň (CZE)
|NHL Draft||21st overall, 2005
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Competitor for Finland|
|Men's ice hockey|
|World Junior Hockey Championships|
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.
Playing career 
Rask started his career in the youth teams of his hometown club SaPKo.
He then played in 26 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 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.
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. 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) and Tim Thomas (.869), and Kevin Regan (.857), but 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. Although he was 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, he was not named as a finalist for the rookie of the year award, despite having supplanted the Vezina Trophy winner Thomas as the starter. In the 2010-11 NHL season, Thomas returned to form, making Rask once again the backup, but he won the Stanley Cup with Boston, becoming only the second Finnish goaltender to do so, after Chicago's Antti Niemi the previous year.
On June 28, 2012 Rask resigned with the Boston Bruins on a one-year, $3.5 million dollar deal.
Prior to the declaration of the 2012-2013 season 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.
During the NHL lockout (which ended on January 6, 2013), during 2012 he played for HC Plzeň in the Czech Republic.
Career statistics 
Regular season 
- Bruins press release
- Boston.com article
- NHL.com statistics
- NHL.com statistics
- Single Season Goaltending Leaders
- "ISLANDERS ACQUIRE GOALTENDER THOMAS FROM BRUINS". TSN.ca. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
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