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Position Forward
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Boston Bruins
Providence Bruins
Moncton Wildcats
HK Riga 2000
HK Lido Nafta Riga
Prizma Riga
Nationality Flag of Latvia Latvian
Born February 2 1986 (1986-26-02) (age 23),
Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR
NHL Draft 64th overall, 2004
Boston Bruins
Pro Career 2000 – present

Mārtiņš Karsums (born February 26, 1986) is a Latvian ice hockey player. He plays right wing for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Karsums was selected in the second round, 64th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.

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Playing career

Karsums first appeared on the radar of scouts with his appearances at the Division I U18 and 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship tournaments in 2003, representing Latvia. Karsums scored twice in the U18 tournament and showed another side of his game in the 2003 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship event when he tallied 35 PIM in just 5 games.

Unhappy with his limited play at the Latvian club team Vilki Rīga, Karsums elected to transfer to the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. He enjoyed a very good rookie season for the Moncton Wildcats, finishing in the top five of both team and league rookie scoring with 53 points (30 goals, 23 assists), and accumulating 76 PIM. Karsums also dominated the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship Division I tournament, scoring 7 goals and adding 6 assists for 13 points in five games.

Karsums had problems with injury that limited his play with Moncton for the 2004-05 season, but he still managed to be productive. In 30 games he scored 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and had 31 penalty minutes.

During 2005-06 season, which is his most successful season so far, Karsums scored 65 points (34 goals, 31 assists) and helped his Moncton Wildcats to win Jean Rougeau Trophy and President's Cup. He also received Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff most valuable player, scoring 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 22 games and was the first European born player to do so. Eight of his 16 post-season goals have proven game-winning goals, including three of the four game-winners in the championships series vs. the Quebec Remparts.

He played in the 2006 Memorial Cup and scored 1 goal and had 3 assists in five games.

On May 22, 2006, Karsums signed three year contract with Boston Bruins. He spent the majority of that time playing for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, the top farm team of the Bruins.

On May 11, 2008, Karsums debuted for Latvia against Norway in a win 4-1, earning his first career point, an assist.

On December 13, 2008, Karsums debuted in NHL with the Boston Bruins against Atlanta Thrashers in a 4-2 win. On March 4, 2009, the NHL Trade Deadline, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning with defenceman Matt Lashoff in exchange for forward Mark Recchi.

While playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Karsums scored his first career NHL goal on a rebound at 14:06 of the third period, on April 4, 2009, against the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur.

Awards and achievements

  • 2006: QMJHL Guy Lafleur Trophy (Playoff Most Valuable Player)
  • 2009 Played in American Hockey League All-Star Game (2 goals and 3 assists)

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Prizma Riga LHL 2 0 0 0
2000–01 HK Lido Nafta Riga LHL 18 8 6 14
2001–02 Prizma Riga EEHL Div. B 16 7 8 15 4
2001–02 Prizma Riga LHL 6 4 1 5 4
2002–03 HK Riga 2000 EEHL 2 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Vilki Riga LHL 7 5 12 14
2002–03 Prizma Riga EEHL Div. B 10 5 8 13 28
2003–04 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 60 30 23 53 76 20 8 9 17 14
2004–05 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 30 14 12 26 31 2 0 0 0 0
2005–06 Moncton Wildcats QMJHL 49 34 31 65 89 22 16 11 27 22
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 54 13 22 35 41 12 3 1 4 2
2007–08 Providence Bruins AHL 79 20 43 63 57 10 7 3 10 6
2008–09 Providence Bruins AHL 43 17 24 41 20 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 1 4 5 6 0 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 24 1 5 6 6 0 0 0 0 0

International play

Played for Latvia in:

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International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Latvia WJC 5 0 1 1 35
2004 Latvia WJC 5 7 6 13 22
2005 Latvia WJC 5 7 3 10 20
2006 Latvia WJC 6 3 3 6 6
2008 Latvia WC 2 1 2 3 2
2009 Latvia OQ 3 4 3 8 0
2009 Latvia WC 6 1 3 4 27
Total: 28 24 16 40 86
WCh totals 10 4 5 9 29
Olympic totals - - - - -
International totals 13 8 7 15 29

External links

  • Karsums at eurohockey.net
  • Karsums at hockeysfuture.com
  • Martins Karsums's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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