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As u can see there was a long article about Tuukka in the morning paper :) I was a saint and I translated it :)

Aamulehti 7.1.2014

Written by Tapani Salo

The big picture by Kimmo Pentikäinen, I no idea where the others are from

Translated by me

The threat of terrorism in Sochi worries Tuukka Rask

Ice hockey: NHL-stars talk more about the safety of the tournament than about the roster choices.

Playing in the Olympic Games is a dream come true but the safety in Sochi worries goalie Tuukka Rask. USA and Czech already named their Olympic teams for Sochi. The others will be announced soon. Finland reveals their team today. Boston Bruins goalie Rask admits that NHL’s top players are talking a lot about Sochi at the moment. “Not about the roster choices but about the things outside the rink”, Rask explains. What do you mean by things outside the rink? “Russia’s terrorist attacks”. Are they worrying NHL-players? “Of course they make the players worry. Russia is always Russia. Now there’s been these kind of awful things. You don’t know what to expect from the games”. In less than 700km from Sochi, in Volgogradi were in last December 3 terrorist attacks where 40 people died.

Big dream

In Sochi Olympics even big NHL-stars have to get used to thoroughgoing security checks. “The security measurements will be unbelievably tight”, said Rene Fasel, the president of International Ice Hockey Federation, few days ago in interview of news agency. “There will be complains for sure when people has to stand in the checking lines.” Rask tells he’s been dreaming about playing in the Olympics since he was a little boy. “Olympics are every player’s big dream. Everybody has high expectations but now the Olympics are under the threat of terror”. Rask – of course – is not closing the door to Olympics. “Of course we’ll go to Sochi and play there if we are chosen”.

From the plane to the rink

There is no doubt about Rask’s place in the Olympic team. His name is for sure in the list that the head coah Erkka Westerlund announces to the media on Tuesday. Rask is according to most of the experts in the top 3 best goalies in the world. Maybe even the best of them all. The tournament in Sochi is played very quickly. There is no time for getting ready or to practice. Players basically just get straight from the air plane to the rink and start to play. “It’s little two-sided thing. The season is rough anyway and then we travel to the other side of the world to play Olympic hockey. Good thing that NHL-players are used to traveling. We travel here a lot and play a lot. You have to be ready when the puck drops”. Rask says that the experience helps with focusing in the quick tournament. “You have to keep yourself calm and try to repeat the same things that you do in the practices”.


Will you buy Ilves shares, Tuukka Rask?

Tuukka Rask moved from Savonlinna to Tampere Ilves when he was 16 ‘cause he wanted to develop as a player. When he was 20 he already moved to play hockey to North America, but Ilves still has it’s place in Rask’s heart. “I feel like I’m half tamperelainen (I’m not gonna translate this word ‘cause it would sound even more stupid. It mean’s person who’s from Tampere.) even though I’m not originally from there. I spend time during the summers in Tampere. My best friends are there. I got good memories from my times in Ilves even tho we didn’t win anything big”. Ilves Hockey OY is currently selling its shares, are you interested? “Well, I haven’t had time to even think about that. It’s not impossible for sure, Ilves had big importance for my career”.


I’m too tired to translate the whole article ‘cause there was also some stuff that he has told to media in English for example stuff about his taste of music but I’ll still translate some of my favorite parts of those.

  • “What the heck is this bellowing”, his teammates said when he made them listen Nightwish.
  • (During the lockout) “The only team in Finland that I would have played for is Ilves”, Rask said.
  • “I don’t feel like going straight back now”, Rask said six and half year ago when he was asked about playing in Russia. Sochi had just been selected to be the host of 2014’s Winter Olympics. There was two things that made Rask think that way: the food and the accommodation. They had just played two games in junior tournament in Moscow and in Saint Petersburg. They had left their marks to the young goalie. “Who wouldn’t?” he said when he was asked would he like to be the first goalie in the Sochi Winter Olympics.


Aaand that’s about it :D It was pretty long article to translate, the first part of this translation on probably better ‘cause when I was translating the second part I was getting tired… But I hope you enjoyed this :)