Newly discovered African wasp named for Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask
Brad Marchand may be the Bruins' resident pest, but it's goalie Tuukka Rask that has an insect named after him.
A Kenyan wasp discovered by entomologists was given the name Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski, a tribute to the Vezina-winning and Finnish national team backstop.
According to the paper which will be published in Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae, Rask's glove hand "is as tenacious as the raptorial fore tarsus of this dryinid species."
From The Boston Globe:
"T. tuukkaraski is an “ectoparasitoid,” a type of wasp that feeds off other insects. The female lays eggs on the larvae of the host bug species. When those eggs hatch, the wasp larvae cuts into the host and feeds off of it."
Despite the goalie's penchant for emotional play, the Bruins got in on the fun as well:
Hockey players have a long history of having their names attached to things, for instance, two Penguins fans recently named their newborn after a pair of the team's stars, Crosby Malkin Young, though it's thought to be the first time a player has leant his name to a species.