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Mārtiņš Karsums (born February 26, 1986) is a Latvian professional ice hockey player currently playing as a right winger for HC Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Karsums was selected in the second round, 64th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He has played in the National Hockey League for the Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mārtiņš Karsums
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Born (1986-02-26) February 26, 1986 (age 33)
Riga, Latvian SSR, URS
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
KHL team
Former teams
Spartak Moscow
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Dinamo Riga
Dynamo Moscow
National team  Latvia
NHL Draft 64th overall, 2004
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2000–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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 five games.

North AmericaEdit

Junior leagueEdit

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 the 2005–06 season, which was his most successful season so far, Karsums scored 65 points (34 goals, 31 assists) and helped his Moncton Wildcats to win the Jean Rougeau Trophy and the President's Cup. He also received the 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.[1] 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 one goal and had three assists in five games.

Professional leaguesEdit

On May 22, 2006, Karsums signed a three-year contract with Boston Bruins.[2] He spent the majority of that time playing for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL), the top farm team of the Bruins. In his most successful 2007/08 season with Providence Karsums scored 20 goals and had 63 points in 79 games.

On December 13, 2008, Karsums debuted in NHL with the Boston Bruins against Atlanta Thrashers in a 4–2 win.[3] On March 4, 2009, on the NHL Trade Deadline, he was traded by the Bruins, along with Matt Lashoff, to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Mark Recchi.[4] While playing for the Lightning, Karsums scored his first career NHL goal on April 3, 2009, against the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur.[5]

Return to EuropeEdit

On January 14, 2010, after playing the first half of the season with affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, Karsums was reassigned by the Lightning to HC MVD of the Kontinental Hockey League. However, he didn't join the team, and was instead loaned to Dinamo Riga.[6]

After struggling in the first season, he became a major contributor and one of the scoring and on-ice leaders in his next three seasons with Dinamo Riga. He played at least 50 games in all three seasons finishing above 30 points. Mid-through 2012–13 season Karsums was named as captain of the team.[7]

After four seasons with Dinamo Rīga, Karsums signed a contract with HC Dynamo Moscow.[8][9]

Following the 2017–18 season, his fifth with Dynamo, Karsums left the club as a free agent and agreed to a one-year deal to continue in the KHL with HC Spartak Moscow on May 4, 2018.[10]

International playEdit

 
Karsums with the Latvian national team in 2008.

Karsums debuted internationally at the junior level with Latvia at the 2001 IIHF World U18 Championships. At the Division I 2004 World Junior Championships, Karsums helped Latvia claim the bronze medal, leading the tournament in scoring with 13 points in 7 games. He later claimed the Gold medal and claimed promotion to the top tier at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. (D1-B)

On May 11, 2008, Karsums debuted for Latvia against Norway in a 4–1 win, earning his first career international point, an assist.[11][12][13] Since then Karsums has played in three World Championships. He missed 2011, 2012 and 2013 championships due to injuries.[14][15][16] Karsums scored crucial game tying goal[17] against France in 2014 Winter Olympics qualifications 3:2 OT loss, that allowed Latvian national team to qualify for 5th Olympic games, and 4th in a row.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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 0
2000–01 HK Riga 2000 LHL 18 8 6 14 0
2001–02 Prizma Riga EEL-B 16 7 8 15 4
2001–02 Prizma Riga LHL 6 4 1 5 4
2002–03 HK Riga 2000 EEL 2 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Vilki Riga LHL 20 7 5 12 14
2002–03 Prizma Riga EEL-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
2008–09 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 1 1 0
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 18 1 4 5 6
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 36 4 12 16 6
2009–10 Dinamo Riga KHL 12 4 4 8 16 9 2 1 3 4
2010–11 Dinamo Riga KHL 52 17 15 32 46 11 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Dinamo Riga KHL 54 21 12 33 46 7 1 4 5 0
2012–13 Dinamo Riga KHL 51 16 19 35 63
2013–14 Dynamo Moscow KHL 42 17 8 25 83 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Dynamo Moscow KHL 56 11 14 25 18 11 3 2 5 4
2015–16 Dynamo Moscow KHL 34 10 8 18 14
2016–17 Dynamo Moscow KHL 52 16 18 34 57 10 0 1 1 10
2017–18 Dynamo Moscow KHL 34 3 12 15 57
2018–19 Spartak Moscow KHL 56 9 15 24 46 6 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 24 1 5 6 6
KHL totals 443 124 125 249 446 59 9 12 21 28

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Latvia WJC18-D1 5 0 0 0 25
2002 Latvia WJC18-D1 5 1 0 1 14
2003 Latvia WJC18-D1 4 2 0 2 14
2003 Latvia WJC-D1 5 0 1 1 35
2004 Latvia WJC-D1 5 7 6 13 22
2005 Latvia WJC-D1 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
2010 Latvia OG 4 0 2 2 2
2010 Latvia WC 6 3 1 4 2
2013 Latvia OQ 3 1 1 2 0
2014 Latvia OG 5 0 1 1 2
2017 Latvia OQ 3 2 1 3 0
2018 Latvia WC 3 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 35 20 13 33 136
Senior totals 35 12 16 28 35

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wilcats win QMJHL Championship". Moncton Wildcats. 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  2. ^ "Bruins agree to terms with Krejci & Karsums". Boston Bruins. 2006-05-22. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  3. ^ "More production from Kessel lifts Bruins over Thrashers". CBS Sports. 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  4. ^ "Bruins add veteran punch, '09 second rounder". NHL. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  5. ^ "Brodeur plays in rare reflief role as Devils snap six game skid". CBS Sports. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  6. ^ IIHF (2010-01-16). "Karsums arrives in Riga". IIHF.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  7. ^ apollo.lv (2012-12-12). "Galviņš vairs nav Rīgas "Dinamo" kapteinis (LAT)". apollo.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  8. ^ diena.lv (2013-05-03). "Karsums pievienojies divkārtējiem Gagarina kausa ieguvējiem Maskavas Dinamo (LAT)". diena.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  9. ^ dynamo.ru (2013-05-04). "Мартиньш Карсумс - в "Динамо"(RUS)". dynamo.ru. Archived from the original on 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  10. ^ "Off-season transactions" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  11. ^ tvnet.lv (2008-05-11). "Pret Norvēģiju ar Mārtiņu Karsumu(LAT)". tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  12. ^ IIHF (2008-05-11). "LINE-UPS" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  13. ^ IIHF (2008-05-11). "GAME SUMMARY" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  14. ^ DELFI (2011-04-15). "Arī Karsums varētu nepalīdzēt Latvijas izlasei pasaules čempionātā(LAT)". delfi.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  15. ^ TVnet (2012-03-26). "Pasaules čempionātā varētu nespēlēt Karsums, Reķis un Vasiļjevs(LAT)". tvnet.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  16. ^ DIENA (2013-03-26). "Pasaules čempionātā, visticamāk, nespēlēs arī Ņiživijs(LAT)". diena.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  17. ^ IIHF (2013-02-10). "Game summary" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  18. ^ Latvian Institute (2013-02-11). "Latvian National Hockey Team Qualifies for Sochi 2014 Olympics". latvia.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.

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