This Autographed 26x27 poster has been Personally Signed by Tuukka Rask.
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Tuukka Mikael Rask (born 10 March 1987) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey goaltender. Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded to the Boston Bruins in 2006, where he played his entire 15 season NHL career. He is regarded by many as the best goaltender in Boston Bruins history, one of the best Finnish goaltenders of all time, and one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history. His strong goaltending has been credited with helping establish the Boston Bruins as a defensive powerhouse throughout the 2010s.
Rask was among the league's most successful goaltenders during his tenure with the Bruins. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, and led the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals on two more occasions in 2013 and 2019. He also won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender during the 2013–14 season, and was a finalist for the 2019-20 award. He also won the William M. Jennings Trophy along with goaltender Jaroslav Halák in the 2019–20 season. In addition to that, Rask is also a two-time NHL All-Star team member. He led team Finland to bronze medals over team USA at the 2006 World Juniors, where he was also awarded the honor of Best Goaltender. He led them to another bronze medal against the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Tuukka is the older brother of Joonas Rask, who plays professionally as a forward with Luleå HF in the SHL.
At the time of his retirement, Tuukka Rask was among the best statistical goaltenders of all time. He holds the Boston Bruins record for regular season games played (564) and wins (308), as well as the playoff record for games played (104) and wins (57). He is third in save percentage all-time (0.92103) (first in the salary cap era), third in goals against average (GAA) among goaltenders in the modern era (2.28) (first in the salary cap era), and eleventh in goals saved above average (GSAA) all time (149.934). In the playoffs, Rask is fourth in save percentage (0.92517), ninth in GAA (2.22), and twelfth in GSAA (41.676). Rask also holds the NHL record for most consecutive playoff games above the 0.900 save percentage mark, eclipsing 23 games during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He is the only goaltender in modern NHL history to have not lost a Conference Finals game playing at least two series, posting an 8-0 record with 3 shutouts, a GAA of 0.82, and a save percentage of 0.972. In addition to his NHL achievements, Rask is also among the top Finnish and European goaltenders of all time. He is first in both save percentage and GAA amongst Finnish goaltenders, second in shutouts, and fourth in wins. Among European goaltenders, Rask is second only to Dominik Hašek in save percentage, fourth in GSAA, and fifth in shutouts (52).
Tuukka Rask was considered to be a true hybrid goaltender known for his economy of motion. He was best known for playing a very positionally sound game, where he would absorb the puck into his chest rather than reaching for it with his hands. He employed a narrow butterfly and he stayed on his skates to make high saves, rather than dropping to his knees. His style incorporates a low and wide stance, a unique shin-lock RVH positioning, and effective rebound control. The shin-lock RVH (reverse vertical-horizontal) was a staple in his game during his early seasons as well as later in his career due to hip issues, which ultimately ended his career after an attempted comeback in 2022.
In addition to his play, Rask was well known for his on-ice antics, such as throwing a milk crate, forgetting the score, and the skate blade incident.