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Tuukka Rask Biography
Tuukka Rask was born March 10, 1987 and 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 June 24, 2006 his rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft.
On 5 November 2007, Rask was called up from Providence to the Boston Bruins for the first time. Just two weeks later, on 20 November, he recorded his first NHL win, a 42 victory on the road against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On 3 October 2008, the Bruins assigned Rask to the Providence Bruins. Rask had the best save percentage (.952) among the goalies in pre-season play, followed by teammates Manny Fernandez (.875) and Tim Thomas (.869), and Kevin Regan (.857), but the team decided to go with the two veteran goaltenders, Thomas and Fernandez, for the 200809 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 200809 season, and earned his first ever NHL shutout, a 10 home effort against the New York Rangers, with Marc Savard scoring the only Bruins goal.
Not long after the beginning of the 200910 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 2009 that kept him under contract through the 201112 season.
In the 2009-10 regular season, Rask was the only goalie with a goals against average less than 2.00 and the only goalie 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 goals against average as well as lead the league in save percentage, and having supplanted the Vezina Trophy winner Thomas as the starter, Rask was not named as a finalist for the rookie of the year award. In the 2010-11 NHL season, Thomas returned to form, making Rask once again the backup. With the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup for Boston, Rask became only the second Finnish goaltender to do so, after Chicago's Antti Niemi the previous year.
On June 28, 2012 Rask resigned with the Boston Bruins on a one-year, $3.5 million dollar deal.
Prior to the declaration of the 2012-2013 season lockout, Rask was named as the starting goalie for the Bruins, replacing Tim Thomas, who would eventually be traded to the New York Islanders on February 7, 2013.
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