Tuukka Rask on Boston Police hat: 'It was not a statement'

Scott McLaughlin
July 30, 2020 - 10:32 pm

When Tuukka Rask was seen on NBCSN Tuesday wearing a Boston Police hat shortly after Bruins players had put out a statement about their plan to "lock arms during the playing of the United States and Canadian Anthems as a sign of solidarity with the Black community," there was some backlash on social media as some felt the hat was at odds with the statement.

Brad Marchand made his feelings on the situation known on Wednesday, defending Rask and defending a tweet he had sent and quickly deleted that went after a reporter who had made note of the hat.

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Rask had not yet weighed in, until Thursday night after the Bruins' 4-1 exhibition loss to the Blue Jackets. Here is what Rask said when asked if there was anything he wanted to say about the hat or the reaction to it:

"It was actually a recorded interview, even though they said it was live. I just put a hat on in the morning. It was not a statement. Definitely respect what’s going on in the world right now, and I stand with everybody for anti-racism. It was not a statement. I really didn’t mean to offend anybody. So, there’s that. It was a recorded interview, I just put a hat on in the morning, and there’s that."

Rask allowed three goals on 20 shots Thursday night while playing half the game, although he didn't get much help from the team in front of him as the Bruins came out slow and sloppy in the first period. Rask will start the Bruins' first round-robin against the Flyers on Sunday.

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