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Rask ready to get season going

Updated: September 30, 2009, 10:53 AM ET
By Matt Kalman | ESPNBoston.com

Editor's note: This is part of a miniseries of stories to familiarize fans with a handful of Boston Bruins players who are new since last season in anticipation of Thursday night's opener.

Better Know a New Bruin: Goaltender Tuukka Rask

How would you describe your game?
Butterfly style; I try to be on top of things, try to look calm, try to look big.

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Christopher Pasatieri/US PresswireWhen feeling the heat in net, Tuukka Rask says he tries to look calm -- and big.

How would you describe your personality away from the rink?
I just kind of hang out with the guys and be one of the boys. I kind of lie low, be calm.

What are some of your hobbies?
During the season I like to go to movies, hang out with my friends and spend some quality time playing Xbox or whatever. But in the summertime I'm pretty athletic, so I like to play tennis and soccer a lot -- a lot of activities.

What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to all kinds of music, but mostly rock, heavy. ... Metallica is probably my favorite, but there's all kinds -- old school to new school. Like from the '80 to the 2000s. I listen to all kinds of music.

What have you liked most about Boston so far?
I like the overall city. I think it's great and the people are great, too. I like the look and feel. You walk around and feel like you're in a big city, but still when you want to go from the North End to Fenway, it doesn't take more than 10 minutes. It feels really European, too.

Do you get recognized yet?
No, not really. Sometimes. True fans recognize me.

Who were your favorite hockey players or teams when you were a kid?
I just really look at "NHL Power Week," we got that on Sundays (in Finland). Patrick Roy was up there and Marty Brodeur, guys like them. But I really didn't have only one idol I was looking at, and not only one team.

Do you have a favorite sport outside of hockey, either to watch or to play?
It probably would be tennis and soccer. I used to play soccer for 15 years.

What are you most looking forward to about Thursday night?
A win. I was there last year when there was a home opener, but I was looking at it from the stands. So, really, it's going to be awesome. A soldout crowd in Boston, it doesn't get better than that.

Matt Kalman

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Matt Kalman covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com. He has been on the Bruins beat since the lockout for numerous publications and has been covering the Boston sports scene for a decade.

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