Tuukka Rask is a goalie for the Finnish men's hockey team. He plays for the NHL's Boston Bruins, having led Boston to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012-13 and serving as the backup goalie to Tim Thomas on the Boston team that won the Stanley Cup in 2011. Considered one of the better young goalies in hockey, he seems poised to be both a Finnish national team and Boston Bruins mainstay, having signed an eight-year contract with Boston worth $56 million in the summer of 2013.
- Stanley Cup champion in 2011, and played in the Stanley Cup Final in 2013.
- Led the NHL with a .931 save percentage in 2009-10.
- Represented Finland at the World Junior Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Things to know:
1. Despite having only played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins, he was actually drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft. However, Rask never played for Toronto, as he was traded from Toronto to Boston for goalie Andrew Raycroft, who was the NHL's rookie of the year in 2003-04. With Raycroft having gone on to struggle and no longer playing in the NHL, Boston's acquisition of Rask is considered one of the NHL's most lopsided trades of the last 10 years.
2. Has a younger brother, Joonas, who is a forward in the Nashville Predators system.
3. His hometown, Savonlinna, sits in southeastern Finland. It was founded in 1639, based near a castle called "Olavinlinna", which is the northernmost medieval castle still standing.