Check out the latest “Getting to Know” video with Tuukka Rask at the link above or by clicking here.
More than halfway through the season, Rask’s Q&A is the 15th video we’ve filmed so far. The segment started fairly organically back in August when we visited Jarome Iginla in British Columbia before he first suited up in the Spoked-B, and has kind of taken on a life of its own.
For us, it often breaks up the monotony of the everyday postpractice, pregame and postgame interviews with the team that we package in our “Bruins Beat” reports.
Something I’ve learned? No matter the questions/answers (and how serious or lighthearted - or ridiculous - they may be), a piece of the Bruin’s personality always shines through, and that is the ultimate goal.
The interviews usually last longer than the 2-3 minute videos that end up on BostonBruinsTV.com. That means there are often a few questions and answers that don’t make it in. So, I figured there’s no better time than the Olympic Break to go back through the footage.
We’ll start by filling in the “Getting to Know Tuukka”…
Favorite band and type of music?
[No hesitation here.] “Favorite band’s got to be Metallica, but I’m pretty much everything goes for me, music-wise. I’m mostly classic rock, rock, metal, that’s my first selection.”
Play an instrument?
"I play drums, and a little bit of guitar."
So, if we had a drum set here right now in the locker room, what would you play?
"I don’t know, I don’t really play songs…I just jam. But a song from Metallica, Seek and Destroy."
Is that your favorite song?
"I’d say it’s a pretty good song, it’s up there."
If if I had you make a band with other guys in this room right now, is there anyone you would choose to put in your group?
"Johnny, he can play guitar. Then Looch and Bart can sing - well I don’t know if they can sing, but they like to sing, so those three at least."
[Johnny Boychuk was soon standing right by the camera. “He’s putting you in his band,” I said. “Well, yeah, he’s smart,” said Johnny. “Lead guitarist,” Tuukka told him.]
If you’re not playing hockey, would you be a drummer?
"Oh I don’t know, being a rock star would probably be nice, would be really draining but - rockstar, or soccer player or tennis player."
So, favorite non-hockey sports, soccer and tennis?
"Yeah, and golf, have to put golf up there, too."
David said soccer, too. Could you beat him?
How about in two-touch?
"Yeah, yeah, I can juggle the ball [better than] most of the team, I would say."
Before hockey was on the radar, what was your first job?
[Well, I first blindly started ‘how’d you make your first dollar?’ to which the smirking netminder gestured, ‘well, we didn’t have dollars in Finland.’ FYI, would have been the markka and then euro going into his paycheck back then…]
"But I was a stagehand in the local opera festival when I was 15, so that was my first job. Just changing the stage and helping out everybody, just kind of a handyman, so to say. You know, 15 years old, you’re kind of trying to do whatever people say to do, just staying out of the way, so just changing the stages and helping people out."
Have a recent movie recommendation?
"Yeah, Anchorman 2, probably that. [Funny?] Yeah, it was really good."
Speed boat or fishing boat?
Bart would probably be more the fishing boat type, huh?
"Yeah, I don’t fish too much. Speed boat, or jet ski."
[Props to No. 40 for responding to this last one…]
Would you rather have every game end in a shootout or spend an entire practice taking Zdeno Chara slapshots from the faceoff circle?
"Zee’s slapshots. He doesn’t shoot that hard."