The Boston Bruins have had a fair deal of success the past several years, largely due in part to their netminders. Sure, Tim Thomas gets all the credit but most people believe the man lurking behind him is as good if not better. So with Thomas going on a yearlong insane conservative-driven sabbatical, Tuuka Rask will step in and lead the charge for another Cup parade in Beantown.
Along with the starting gig, we assume he will also receive a lot more attention from the Boston media. This should also shed some more light on Tuuka Rask’s girlfriend Jasmiina Nikkila, as not much is known at the moment. We know that Nikkila’s in Boston via Finland, so the same path Rask took (minus the unfortunate stop in Toronto). We’ve read they have been together since high school, but this was from a site that claimed Lucic was dating the coach’s daughter, so take that as you will. Rask and Nikkila have together a few years at the least, as she toured with him the Lord Stanley’s Cup when Rask brought it to Finland. Reportedly fluent in English but with a thick Finnish accent, Nikkila has been active with the other Bruins player’s WAGs at charity events.
Only 25 years old, Rask is considered one of the better young goalies in the league. Recovered from a groin injury that sidelined him for a couple of months last season, he re-upped with the Bruins in June on a one-year deal. He was drafted in 2005 by the Maple Leafs, but for some reason they let him go for next to nothing (aka Andrew Raycroft). Thanks Canada!