Goaltender Tuukka Rask, together with the remainder of the Boston Bruins, is on the point of tackle the St. Louis Blues within the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. The sequence begins Monday, Might 27, at eight p.m. at TD Backyard in Boston, Massachusetts.
Rask was born in 1987 to oldsters Jari and Irja in Savonlinna, Finland. The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Rask within the first spherical, 21st-overall, within the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He remained in Finland till 2007, when he left in favor of North America. Rask was then traded to Boston, in the end assigned to the staff’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Windfall Bruins.
Right here’s what you could know:
He Performed Junior Hockey for his Hometown Membership & Within the Finnish Elite League
Rask performed hockey for the native Savonlinna membership, SaPKo (a portmanteau of Savonlinnan Pallokerho) in his youth. He additionally performed for Ilves Jr. earlier than transferring on to Ilves Tampere (the Tampere Lynx) in SM-liiga, the top-level skilled hockey league in Finland. Rask performed three seasons for Ilves; in response to hockeyDB.com, that is the staff he was on when the Maple Leafs drafted him in 2007.
In 2017, Rask turned a partial proprietor of Ilves Tampere. In response to Finnish outlet Ilta-Sanomat, reporting on the time, then-owner Vincent Manngard waived all possession rights to the staff, which was being purchased by an possession group that counted Rask as a member.
“I needed to affix in serving to my previous [team],” Rask advised the outlet.
Ilves boasts a number of different NHL gamers amongst its alumni, together with Maxime Talbot, Vesa Toskala, Patrik Štefan, Hannu Toivonen
He Has a Youthful Brother Named Joonas
Tukkaa Rask isn’t the one member of his household to make it to the NHL; his brother Joonas, three years his junior, additionally performed a short stint. In response to hockeyDB.com, Joonas adopted an analogous path in hockey, enjoying a number of years for Ilves Tampere in SM-liiga, together with remaining in Finland for 2 extra years after being drafted 178th total within the seventh spherical of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators.
Joonas Rask didn’t get pleasure from the identical measure of success on the NHL stage as his brother. After finishing the 2012-13 season in Finland, he got here to Nashville and performed two video games within the the rest of the Predators’ season, along with enjoying a recreation for the staff’s AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He performed 58 video games with the Admirals within the 2013-14 season and selected to return to Finland, the place he performs for HIFK Helsinki in SM-liiga.