Better Know a Bruin: Tuukka Rask

He’s been the talk of the town lately as he returned to Boston after spending the offseason in his home country of Finland and spoke about his new contract and role with the Boston Bruins. Before he assumes his new role, here’s a Better Know a Bruin look at Tuukka Rask.

The Basics:

Tuukka Mikael Rask

Born March 10, 1987 (age 25) in Savonlinna, Finland

Height: 6’3″, Weight: 171 lbs., Catches: Left

Goaltender, #40

Drafted in 2005, 21st overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs

Joined the Bruins in June 2006 in exchange for Andrew Raycroft

The Raw Statistics:

  • 2004-05–Ilves (Finland), played four games, 0-1-1 record, 4.46 goals against average, .875 save percentage, no shutouts.
  • 2005-06–Ilves, played 30 games, 12-8-7 record, 2.09 goals against average, .926 save percentage, two shutouts. Playoffs: three playoff games played, three losses, 2.33 goals against average, .924 save percentage, no shutouts.
  • 2006-07–Ilves, played 49 games, 18-18-10 record, 2.38 goals against average, .928 save percentage, three shutouts. Playoffs: seven playoff games played, 2-5 record, 3.02 goals-against average, .924 save percentage, no shutouts.
  • 2007-08–Providence Bruins (AHL), played 45 games, 27-13-2 record, 2.33 goals against average, .905 save percentage, one shutout. Playoffs: 10 playoff games played, 6-4 record, 2.18 goals against average, .908 save percentage, two shutouts.
  • 2007-08–Boston Bruins (AHL), played four games, 2-1-1 record, 2.33 goals against average, .886 save percentage, no shutouts.
  • 2008-09–Providence Bruins, played 57 games, 33-20-4 record, 2.50 goals against average, .915 save percentage, four shutouts. Playoffs: 16 playoff games played, 9-7 record, 2.21 goals against average, .930 save percentage, no shutouts.
  • 2008-09–Boston Bruins, played one game, 1-0-0 record, 0.00 goals against average, 1.000 save percentage, one shutout.
  • 2009-10–Boston Bruins, played 45 games, 22-12-5 record, 1.97 goals against average, .931 save percentage, five shutouts. Playoffs: 13 playoff games played, 7-6 record, 2.61 goals-against average, .910 save percentage, no shutouts.
  • 2010-11–Boston Bruins, played 29 games, 11-14-2 record, 2.67 goals against average, .918 save percentage, two shutouts.
  • 2011-12–Boston Bruins, played 23 games, 11-8-3 record, 2.05 goals against average, .929 save percentage, three shutouts.

First NHL game: Nov. 20, 2007 at Toronto

First NHL win: Nov. 20, 2007 at Toronto (4-2)

First NHL shutout: Jan. 31, 2009 vs. New York Rangers (1-0)

Represented Finland at three World Junior Championships (2005, 2006, 2007) and was named top goaltender at the 2006 championship.

Was the only goalie with a sub-2.00 goals against average and a save percentage higher than .930 in 2009-10. Though he led the league in goals against average and save percentage, and was a rookie for 2009-10, he was not among the finalists for the Calder Trophy that year.

Is the second Finnish goaltender in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup (first: Antti Niemi, Chicago 2010).

Spent his Stanley Cup day, July 24, 2011, in Finland.

The Fun Facts:

Enjoys tennis, soccer and music. Plays the drums. Especially likes to play Metallica songs, though he can’t name any of them.

If he could be any Bruin, he would be Bobby Orr.

His pet peeve is waiting in line.

As a kid, he loved meatballs, but now he likes to make chicken and pasta.

His ideal vacation spot? Finland.

Owns a boat with Shawn Thornton.

Lives in Charlestown, just across the bridge from Boston.

Bruins Instagram takeover, March 28, 2012.

The Videos:

http://youtu.be/FUVGz0MVyKI

Rask became angry after a failed shootout during his time with the P-Bruins and proceeded to throw things: his goal stick and a milk crate he found in the tunnel.

http://youtu.be/U-djIkGdxQY

Pure Hockey takes viewers on a tour of Rask’s locker room stall and learns that he wears a baseball batter’s glove on his catching hand because the mitt can get slippery.

http://youtu.be/UjRJozyT1xY

Rask makes a big diving save during the quarterfinals of the 2010 playoffs, when he carried the Bruins’ postseason water while Tim Thomas dealt with injury.

http://youtu.be/t7mk07_z-6I

A Finnish-language interview with Rask after the Stanley Cup win. As I don’t speak a word of Finnish, I’m unsure what is being discussed here.

http://youtu.be/IqEoDrrvXxY

Rask comes far out of the crease to stop Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens on a breakaway, October 2011.

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