Tuukka Rask

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Tuukka Rask
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Rask in 2008
Born (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 32)
Savonlinna, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 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

Tuukka Mikael Rask (born 10 March 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 24 June 2006, his rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft. He is the older brother of Joonas Rask, who plays professionally as a forward 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, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. However, before playing a regular season game for Toronto, he was traded to the Boston Bruins in exchange for former Calder Memorial Trophy-winning goaltender Andrew Raycroft. Toronto management had deemed Justin Pogge their potential goaltender of the future, rendering Rask expendable. It was later revealed the Bruins intended to release Raycroft, which would have made him available to Toronto without having to give up Rask.[1]

The trade has since been examined as one of the worst trades in Maple Leafs franchise history; Rask would experience many seasons of success with the Bruins, eventually winning the Stanley Cup and Vezina Trophy, while Raycroft would only play two seasons for Toronto, recording disappointing statistics in the process.[2]

Boston Bruins[edit]

Rask with the Providence Bruins during the 2008–09 AHL season.

On 5 May 2007, Rask signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins and was in attendance to observe the Providence Bruins' 2006–07 playoff run for the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Calder Cup championship.[3][4] The Providence team did not make it past the second round of the Calder Cup against the Manchester Monarchs, but nonetheless Rask practiced with the Providence team.

On 5 November 2007, Rask was called-up 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 reassigned Rask to Providence. 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 opted 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.[5]

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 that kept him under contract through to the 2011–12 season.[6]

In the 2009–10 regular season, Rask was the only goaltender in the NHL with a GAA of less than 2.00 and the only goaltender with a save percentage over .930.[7][8] Despite having been the only qualifying rookie in NHL history to lead the league with a sub-2.00 GAA, as well as lead the league in save percentage,[9] and having supplanted the Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas as the starter, Rask was not named as a finalist for the rookie of the year award. In the 2010–11 season, Thomas returned to form, effectively relegating Rask once again to the backup role. With the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, Rask became only the second Finnish goaltender to do so, after Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks accomplished the feat the previous year.

On 28 June 2012, Rask re-signed with the Bruins to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Prior to the declaration of the 2012–13 lockout, Rask was named as the starting goaltender for the Bruins, replacing Tim Thomas, who would eventually be traded to the New York Islanders on 7 February 2013.[10] During the lockout, which ended on 6 January 2013, Rask played for HC Plzeň, which won the Czech Extraliga that year. After the NHL resumed play, Rask led the Bruins to their second Stanley Cup finals in three years in the 2013 playoffs. In the third round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Rask faced 136 shots in four games played, allowing two goals while making 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, as Rask registered a .932 save percentage. [11]

Rask with the Boston Bruins during the 2013–14 NHL season.

On 10 July 2013, the Bruins re-signed Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract. Following the conclusion of the 2013–14 season, Rask was awarded the NHL's Vezina Trophy, awarded to the "goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position". He posted a 36–15–6 record, highlighted by a career-best ten-game points-won streak from 20 to 30 March, going 9–0–1, as the Bruins captured their first Presidents' Trophy since 1990 and led the Eastern Conference in team defence (2.08 goals allowed per game).[12]

Rask in January 2016 during the 2015–16 season.

Early in the 2016–17 regular season, Rask sustained a groin injury[13] that somewhat hampered his abilities much of the season following a successful October campaign, starting the 2016–17 season with 12 wins and a .938 save percentage in 17 games. He was likely used more often than usual, with the Bruins suffering from "backup goaltender" challenges early in the season, but not enough of a hindrance to help lead the Bruins to the 2017 playoffs, the Bruins' first in three seasons. Following a six-game quarterfinal series with the Bruins losing to the Ottawa Senators four games to two, Rask successfully underwent groin surgery on 9 May 2017.[14] In mid-August, Rask said he expected to be ready for the Bruins' training camp for the 2017–18 season.[15]

In the 2017–18 season, from 26 November 2017 to 10 February 2018, Rask had a career-high 21-game point streak.[16] Rask and the Bruins ended up finishing the season with 50 wins and 112 points, their best season since their 2013–14 Presidents' Trophy-winning season.[17] He played only 54 games, his lowest since that same 2013–14 season, posting a 34–14–5 record with a 2.36 GAA and a .917 save percentage. In the 2018 playoffs, the Bruins were defeated in the second round in five games by the Tampa Bay Lightning, with Rask playing 12 games total in the playoffs and posting a 2.88 GAA and .903 save percentage, his worst since the 2010 playoff campaign, the first of his career.

During the 2018–19 season, by the time of the 2019 NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game played at Notre Dame Stadium, Rask set a new high for career appearances by a Bruins goaltender, playing in his 469th game, moving past Tiny Thompson's 468-game Bruins goaltending-appearance record set in the 1938–39 NHL season.[18] However, Rask was later placed on injured reserve by the Bruins on 28 January after sustaining a concussion. At the time of his injury, Rask had a 14–8–3 record in 25 starts.[19] Rask returned to the Bruins lineup on 31 January in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was his first start in a game since 19 January.[20] On 3 February 2019, in a game against the Washington Capitals Rask recorded a shutout to become the all-time leader for wins by a goaltender in Boston Bruins history, surpassing Tiny Thompson.[21]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi
World Junior Hockey Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Canada

Olympics[edit]

Rask played in four of Finland's six games en route to the Bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics,[22] including a 3–1 defeat of host nation Russia in the quarter-finals,[23] and a shut-out of the United States in the Bronze medal game.[24] He was unable to play in the semifinal against Sweden due to flu, which cost Finland a spot in the final.

World Cup of Hockey[edit]

On 2 March 2016, it was revealed Rask was to be starting goaltender for Finland In the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, ahead of Pekka Rinne. Rask played in two out of three tournament games and in one out of three pre-tournament games.[25]

Off the ice[edit]

In 2015, a recently discovered species of wasp in Kenya was named Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski as a direct reference to Rask. The reasoning given by the authors was, "This species is named after the acrobatic goaltender for the Finnish National ice hockey team and the Boston Bruins, whose glove hand is as tenacious as the raptorial fore tarsus of this dryinid species."[26][27]

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 ELH 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
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 70 34 21 13 4063 156 3 2.30 .922
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 64 31 22 8 3679 157 4 2.56 .915
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 65 37 20 5 3680 137 8 2.23 .915 6 2 4 403 15 0 2.24 .920
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 54 34 14 5 3173 125 3 2.36 .917 12 5 7 687 33 0 2.88 .903
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 46 27 13 5 2635 109 4 2.48 .912
NHL totals 495 265 150 58 28,410 1,078 45 2.28 .921 65 35 30 4,137 155 5 2.25 .924

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 Finland WJC18 7th 5 1 1 3 299 8 1 1.61 .927
2005 Finland WJC18 7th 5 2 3 0 278 14 0 3.02 .910
2005 Finland WJC 5th 5 2 3 0 243 12 0 2.96 .902
2006 Finland WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 4 2 0 369 13 1 2.11 .940
2007 Finland WJC 6th 6 2 4 0 332 17 1 3.43 .887
2014 Finland OG 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 3 1 0 243 7 1 1.73 .937
2016 Finland WCH 8th 2 0 2 0 119 4 0 2.02 .920
Junior totals 27 11 13 3 1521 64 3 2.63 .913
Senior totals 6 3 3 0 362 11 1 1.87 .928

Awards, honors and records[edit]

Rask and the Bruins are awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy following their Eastern Conference Finals series sweep over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Awards Year
AHL
AHL All-Star Game 2008 [28]
NHL
NHL Best Goals against average (1.97) 2010 [29]
NHL Best Save percentage (.931) 2010 [30]
Stanley Cup (Boston Bruins) 2011
Prince of Wales Trophy (Boston Bruins) 2011, 2013, 2019
NHL Most Shutouts (5) 2013 [31]
Presidents' Trophy (Best Regular Season record) 2014
Vezina Trophy 2014
NHL Most Shutouts (7) 2014 [32]
NHL First All-Star Team 2014
NHL All-Star Game 2017
International
IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal 2006
IIHF World U20 Championship Best Goaltender 2006 [33]
IIHF World U20 Championship All-Star Team 2006
Finnish ice hockey player of the year 2013 [34]
Winter Olympic Bronze Medal 2014
Boston Bruins
NESN Boston Bruins 7th Player Award 2010 [35]
  • Third Star of the Week, April 5, 2010
  • First Star of the Week, November 14, 2016
  • First Star of the Week, December 25, 2017
  • Third Star of the Month, January 2015
  • First Star of the Month, December 2017

Records[edit]

  • Most wins by a Boston Bruins goaltender in franchise history.[37]
  • Most shutouts in playoff series-clinching games in franchise history.[38]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Patrice Bergeron & Tuukka Rask Undergo Successful Surgeries". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017. Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney issued the following update on Boston Bruins...goaltender Tuukka Rask...Tuukka underwent a successful right groin surgery on May 9 by Dr. Peter Asnis.
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  37. ^ NESN (3 February 2019). "Tuukka Rask became the Bruins' winningest goalie Sunday afternoon. http://nesn.com/?p=914719 pic.twitter.com/LOVOxIL9M4". @NESN. Retrieved 3 February 2019. External link in |title= (help)
  38. ^ Bruins, Boston (17 May 2019). ".@SASsoftware Stat of the Week: Tuukka Rask recorded his 7th career playoff shutout last night, the most by a Finnish-born goaltender in NHL history, & one short of Gerry Cheevers' team record of 8. It was his 3rd shutout in a series-clinching game, the most in club history.pic.twitter.com/T8V2uhlKFx". @NHLBruins. Retrieved 17 May 2019.

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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
Carey Price