Tuukka Rask was born March 10, 1987 in Savonlinna, Finland. Selected first round, 21st overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Rask honed his skills in Finland prior to arriving in North America.
A butterfly style netminder, Rask played two full seasons with Ilves in Finland's top league before he arrived in North America. Although Rask was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club opted to trade the Finish netminder to the Boston Bruins in exchange for former Calder Trophy winner Andrew Raycroft.
Rask joined the Bruins' organization in 2007-08 and spent the majority of his time with the club's AHL affiliate in Providence. During that season Rask made his NHL debut, a 4-2 win, against the club that had originally drafted him back in 2005.
The 2009-10 season was an excellent one for the Finnish netminder. He led all goaltenders in goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.931) and usurped the previous season's Vezina Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, as the Bruins' starting goalie for much of the year.
In 2011 playoffs, Rask served as Bruins backup goaltender as the the team won the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1972. After surviving a first round scare from the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins steamrolled over the Philadelphia Flyers and endured a seven game battle with the Tampa Bay Lightning en route to the Stanley Cup Final where they would take on the powerful Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins would defeat the Canucks in a classic seven games series.