Medal Round: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask nominated for ‘Most Metal Athlete’ by Revolver


Tuukka Rask is putting medal on metal. After leading Finland to a surprising bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the 26-year-old Boston Bruins netminder is now nominated for “Most Metal Athlete” in this year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

The awards are a five-year-old event hosted by Revolver Magazine, and voting is now open. The ceremony goes down April 23 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles — 10 days after the Bruins conclude their regular season against the New Jersey Devils. So it’s a safe bet Rask will be preoccupied with his team’s Round 1 opponent in the NHL Playoffs, and won’t be on-hand to accept the award should be come out on top.

Rask is up against skateboarder Tony Avla, Tampa Bay Rays closer Grant Balfour, motocross athlete Derek Garland, MMA fighter John Barnett, and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry.


Rask has his first name emblazoned on the back of his goalie mask in the Metallica font, and in October talked to Esquire about his love of heavy metal — most notably the Finnish variety, like H.I.M., Children of Bodom, 69 Eyes, and Nightwish.

“I love rock and metal,” Rask told Esquire. “I’m pretty much banned from the DJ job because I like to mix in some Finnish heavy metal tunes and the guys really don’t like that. So I just put on my headphones sometimes and keep it to myself. That’s very Finnish.”

At the Revolver Golden Gods ceremony, by the way, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses will be honored with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award.