Newly-discovered wasp named after Tuukka Rask

Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski was found in Kenya

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — There’s a new buzz surrounding Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

A Boston-area researcher who was part of a team that discovered a new species of wasp in Kenya has named the insect in Rask’s honor, Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski.

The Boston Globe reports that Robert Copeland, an entomologist at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi who grew up in Newton, said naming the wasp after Rask reflected his admiration for the goalie.

A journal article to be published in April says the insect was named after Rask because his “glove hand is as tenacious as the raptorial fore tarsus of this dryinid species.”

Also, the project that led to the discovery was underwritten by the government of Finland, Rask’s homeland.

Rask described the honor as “pretty neat.”

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