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Boston Bruins Rask Announces NHL Retirement

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After speculation first arose when Tuukka Rask continued to be away from the team coming out of the NHL All-Star break, the Boston Bruins goaltender formally announced his retirement via the team’s twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve never wanted to play for any other team,” said Rask, in part while saying his 35-year-old body didn’t respond to the comeback in the way he’d hoped it would. “I’m so proud to have worn the Spoked-B for my entire career and wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Rask had returned for four starts after signing a one-year deal with the team in January after rehabbing from summer hip surgery, but it was clear based on his performance (4.28 goals against average, .844 save percentage) that something wasn’t quite right with the veteran goaltender. Then Boston Hockey Now confirmed on Tuesday night that Rask was indeed leaning toward retirement and the Boston Bruins were planning on a Jeremy Swayman/Linus Ullmark tandem moving forward.

Here’s the statement in full.

Here’s the entire statement from Rask calling it a career after a 15-year run with the Black and Gold that left him as the winningest goaltender (304 career wins) in Boston Bruins history and a goal that went to three Stanley Cup Finals while in Boston. Rask was on the losing end as the No. 1 guy in both 2013 and again in heartbreaking fashion in a 2019 in a tough Game 7 loss at home, but he’s widely regarded as the greatest goalie in Boston Bruins’ long franchise history.

More on Rask’s retirement in a bit.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Rick W Murray

You know I feel for the guy cause I believe he gave it an honest go, but it was obvious from the start he was just a shell of his former self. I have had put up with his antics over the years and I am not a Rask fan never have been, never will be, But none the less all the best to Rask and his family. Now, Sweeney WAKE UP & grab a GOOD d after watching lastnight this team desperately needs one.

no icing

sad to see rask retire. i thought he might have still had a couple of years left, but people retire on their own schedule. haggerty ! greatest goalie in franchise history ? what are you, 25 years old ? rask was very good for a long time and he was great in the 2019 playoffs. he should have won the conn smythe. but, he never was the goalie that won a cup. even eddie j carried the team in the 72 playoffs and won. guess you never heard of tiny thompson, gilles gilbert, andy moog, or frank brimsek. they all… Read more »

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