Tuukka Rask Biography
(One of the Best Finnish Goaltenders of All Time)
Birthday: March 10, 1987 (Pisces)
Born In: Savonlinna, Finland
Tuukka Mikael Rask is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender presently affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). At the international level, he was a member of the Finnish delegation to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where his team won the bronze medal. Rask is originally from the city of Savonlinna, and at the beginning of his career, he played for the youth teams of the hometown club SaPKo. Later, he was part of the playing roster of the Tampere-based Ilves Jr. in the Finnish Junior League. He spent his last European ice hockey season playing for the Ilves senior team in the Finnish top-flight SM-liiga. During the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Rask was selected in the first round by the Toronto Maple Leafs as their 21st overall pick. However, he was traded to the Bruins for the highly decorated goaltender Andrew Raycroft before he got the chance to play a single regular game for Maple Leafs. In the ensuing years, the trade has become known as one of the worst exchanges in the Maple Leafs’ history. Rask went to experience incredible success with the Bruins, including the Stanley Cup and Vezina Trophy wins, while Raycroft had two disappointing seasons before he left the Maple Leafs.