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Tuukka Rask working on becoming a Bostonian

Finland native Tuukka Rask [1] has done plenty in Boston so far as a goaltender. In his first full season splitting time with Tim Thomas [2] in net, Rask led the NHL [3] in both goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.931).

Now, after bringing Finland to Boston, Rask is getting more acquainted with becoming a Bostonian. After spending a couple of months in his native country, Rask did what he could to soak up the Boston atmosphere outside of hockey season.

“I had never seen Boston in the summertime, so I kind of wanted to see that. I was really impressed, it was awesome here.”

As such, his offseason activities included plenty of golfing — including charity tournaments for both Shawn Thornton [4] and the Bruins foundation — and, like many locals this summer, taking in the Aerosmith/J. Geils Band concert at Fenway Park [5] last month.

With fitness testing taking place Friday morning, the offseason fun is over for Rask, but if he continues what he started last season, his affection for the city will undoubtedly be reciprocated.