BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Longtime Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is retiring from professional hockey.
Rask cited his hip surgery that he had last summer as a main motivation behind his retirement, saying he did not realize the toll his body would take during recovery. The player took to Twitter to share the announcement.
“While I am sad to say goodbye to the game I love, I am so very thankful to have shared these last 15 years with the greatest teammates and fans in the best sports city in the world,” Rask said. “I will miss everything that comes with representing the Boston Bruins.”
Rask was traded to the Bruins in 2006 and won the Stanley Cup with the team in 2011. In the 2009–10 regular season, Rask was the only goaltender in the league with a GAA of less than 2.00 and the only goaltender with a save percentage over .930.
Rask also played on Finland’s national team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi where they took home the bronze medal. He said he looks forward to spending more time with his family in retirement.