Sport: Ice Hockey
About him: Tuukka Rask had some experience starting for the Bruins in 2009-10 when Tim Thomas went down with an injury, but it was not until 2012-13 that Rask became the unquestioned starter. Rask was sensational in the lockout-shortened season, playing 36 games while going 19-10-5 with a 2.00 goals against average. As good as he was in the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs, going 14-8 with three shutouts and a GAA of 1.88. He was especially impressive in the Eastern Conference finals, allowing just two goals in four games against the electric Pittsburgh Penguins, who had one of the best offenses in the NHL. At 26, Rask seems locked in to be the goaltender in Boston for a long time, and now he is hoping to represent his home country of Finland in the Olympics. He will be competing against countrymen Pekka Rinne, Annti Niemi, and Niklas Backstrom for the starting job for Team Finland.
Decision time: Team Finland must declare its final roster on Dec. 31.