Rask with the Bruins in 2016
10 March 1987|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
21st overall, 2005|
Toronto Maple Leafs
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. In 2011, Rask won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. He is the older brother of Joonas Rask, who plays professionally as a forward with HIFK in the Finnish Liiga.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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, 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. During the lockout, which ended on 6 January 2013, Rask played for HC Plze?, 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. 
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).
Early in the 2016-17 regular season, Rask sustained a groin injury 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. In mid-August, Rask said he expected to be ready for the Bruins' training camp for the 2017-18 season.
In the 2017-18 season, from 26 November 2017 to 10 February 2018, Rask had a career-high 21-game point streak. 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. 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 lowest since his first postseason in 2010.
On 1 January 2019, Rask set a new record for games played by a Bruins goaltender with his 469th game, surpassing Tiny Thompson's record set in the 1938-39 NHL season. 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. 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. On 3 February 2019, in a game against the Washington Capitals, Rask recorded a shutout to become the career leader for wins by a goaltender in Bruins history, again surpassing Tiny Thompson.
Rask helped the Bruins to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals, though they ultimately lost in seven games to the St. Louis Blues. Rask recorded a 15-9 record with a 2.02 goals against average and a .934 save percentage during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
October 2, 2019 marked Rask's 500th game in the NHL, a 4-2 Bruins victory over the Maple Leafs.
Rask played in four of Finland's six games en route to the Bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, including a 3-1 defeat of host nation Russia in the quarter-finals, and a shut-out of the United States in the Bronze medal game. He was unable to play in the semifinal against Sweden due to flu, which cost Finland a spot in the final. Sweden defeated Finland 2-1.
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.
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."
|AHL All-Star Game||2008|||
|NHL Best Goals against average (1.97)||2010|||
|NHL Best Save percentage (.931)||2010|||
|Stanley Cup champion||2011|
|Prince of Wales Trophy||2011, 2013, 2019|
|NHL Most Shutouts (5)||2013|||
|Presidents' Trophy (Best Regular Season record)||2014|
|NHL Most Shutouts (7)||2014|||
|NHL First All-Star Team||2014|
|NHL All-Star Game||2017, 2020|||
|IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal||2006|
|IIHF World U20 Championship Best Goaltender||2006|||
|IIHF World U20 Championship All-Star Team||2006|
|Finnish ice hockey player of the year||2013, 2019|||
|Winter Olympic Bronze Medal||2014|
|NESN Boston Bruins 7th Player Award||2010|||
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask's season had its peaks and valleys. Rask would be the first to tell you that...But it was the Bruins, out of necessity for the most part, that created those valleys when they overworked the all-world Rask...The numbers backed up that claim, too, as Rask began his season with 12 wins and a .938 save percentage in 17 games. He did that while also nursing an injured groin that put him on the shelf for three games back in October.
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.
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said Monday he'll be ready for training camp after having groin surgery May 9...Rask, 30, said the rehabilitation process was relatively easy and that he feels "normal" three months after the surgery.
No one has played more games between the pipes in a Boston Bruins sweater than Tuukka Rask...Rask's franchise-leading 469th appearance in the Black and Gold is sure to be one that he will not soon forget, as he swatted away 36 shots in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium
It was Rask's first start since sustaining a concussion Jan. 19 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.
Tuukka Rask became the Boston Bruins all-time leader in wins by a goalie, making 24 saves in a 1-0 victory against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Sunday...Rask (253 wins) passed Cecil "Tiny" Thompson for the Bruins lead. It was Rask's second shutout of the season and the 43rd in the NHL.