The amiable and yet relentless, reliable and nimble goalie of the Boston Bruins, Tuukka Rask now adds something great to his growing lists of accomplishments as a wasp species was named after him.
Rask is currently averaging 2.37 goals-against and .919 save percentage this season in the NHL and was elated with this development.
A Boston native and an entomologist who was part of the research team that unraveled the new species of wasp in Kenya has baptized the creepy-crawly with the name Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski in honor of the Boston goalkeeper.
According to a story in The Boston Globe on Tuesday, Robert Copeland of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya who has spent his early years in Newton, Massachusetts named the bug after Rask to display his high regards for the goalie who has “had an outstanding career in one of the most difficult positions in sports.”
The discovery’s paper is slated to be published on April in the journal Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae.
The authors stated in the paper, “This species is named after the acrobatic goaltender for the Finnish National ice hockey team and the Boston Bruins, whose glove hand is as tenacious as the raptorial fore tarsus of this dryinid species.”
So also, the project that gives rise to the discovery of the new wasp species had been countersigned by the government of Rask’s motherland Finland.
The 2013–14 NHL All-Star and member of the Finnish team that won the hockey bronze in the most recent Winter Olympic Games, Rask is aware that some Bruins fans had named their pets after him but never an species of animal and led Rask to say, “That’s funny. That’s pretty neat.”