After making a trip to Engine 7 Wednesday, Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask headed to the Children’s Hospital Boston on Thursday afternoon.
Getting in the holiday sprit, the Savonlinna, Finland, native held off on the Black & Gold and instead opted for his Bruins Saint Patrick’s Day jersey. Along with that, he sported a green leprechaun hat – complete with a faux beard – to be possibly the tallest leprechaun anyone has ever seen at 6-foot-3.
Starting off the visit, Rask met up with current pediatric patients in the hospital’s playroom where they welcomed him with a table full of arts and crafts.
Continuing with the theme, Rask and the children decorated buckets with Saint Patrick’s Day stickers and made it their own with glittery green and silver sticker letters. Once the Bruin put his personal touch on his bucket, embellishing it with his nickname “Tuuks, ” he helped his new friends do the same.
The Bruin seemed to have no issue in getting down to the children’s level – being completely comfortable in playing and hanging out on the ground.
“I’m at their level all the time,” joked Rask.
A.B. Nice to see Tuukka isn’t just sitting around on his couch feeling bad for himself during this injury stretch.
Getting out in the community and making a difference is not only a solid PR move, but a genuinely nice thing to do.
For some of those kids at Childrens Hospital, Tuukka’s visit is the highlight of their young lives. For the firefighters, paramedics and EMT’s it was no doubt a nice break from the terrible situations they deal with only a dialy basis.
President goalie in 2013.