In 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded the rights of Ilves goaltender to the Boston Bruins for Andrew Raycroft.
Tuukka Rask has since had a storied career across the Providence and Boston roster, though his time in Providence was mostly punctuated with a finnish annual emotional outburst:
He’s been lauded, hated, overrated, underrated, declared average, traded by every armchair GM in the Greater Boston Area, Declared the namesake of a species of kenyan wasp, and is a Stanley Cup Champion as part of the potent goaltending combo of Tim Thomas and himself. And now?
He has 253 wins, which passes Tiny Thompson for winning-est goaltender in Bruins history. Fittingly, against the team that has given him and his teammates nothing but fits for the better part of four or five years, in a close game where he was under fire for most of the third period.
If you’d like to downplay this, Rask has been part of the organization for a long time in goalie terms for the B’s; tied with Gerry Cheevers for his tenure as of right now with 12 years spent in black and gold, The average in the history of Boston for goalies who’ve played over a hundred games is around 6.6 years if you round down.
But still, this is a great accomplishment for Rask, and we congratulate him on finally breaking the record after dealing with a losing streak, a concussion, and the demon known as “Capitals Hockey”.
Here’s to as many more as he can pile up on the way to Lord Stanley!