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.
February 26, 1986|
Riga, Latvian SSR, URS
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
64th overall, 2004|
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.
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. 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.
On May 22, 2006, Karsums signed a three-year contract with Boston Bruins. 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. 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. While playing for the Lightning, Karsums scored his first career NHL goal on April 3, 2009, against the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur.
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.
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.
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. Since then Karsums has played in three World Championships. He missed 2011, 2012 and 2013 championships due to injuries. Karsums scored crucial game tying goal 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.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2000–01||HK Riga 2000||LHL||18||8||6||14||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||HK Riga 2000||EEL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||18||1||4||5||6||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Guy Lafleur Trophy||2006|
- "Wilcats win QMJHL Championship". Moncton Wildcats. 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "Bruins agree to terms with Krejci & Karsums". Boston Bruins. 2006-05-22. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "More production from Kessel lifts Bruins over Thrashers". CBS Sports. 2008-12-13. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- "Bruins add veteran punch, '09 second rounder". NHL. 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- "Brodeur plays in rare reflief role as Devils snap six game skid". CBS Sports. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
- IIHF (2010-01-16). "Karsums arrives in Riga". IIHF.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-16. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
- apollo.lv (2012-12-12). "Galviņš vairs nav Rīgas "Dinamo" kapteinis (LAT)". apollo.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- diena.lv (2013-05-03). "Karsums pievienojies divkārtējiem Gagarina kausa ieguvējiem Maskavas Dinamo (LAT)". diena.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- dynamo.ru (2013-05-04). "Мартиньш Карсумс - в "Динамо"(RUS)". dynamo.ru. Archived from the original on 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- "Off-season transactions" (in Russian). Kontinental Hockey League. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
- tvnet.lv (2008-05-11). "Pret Norvēģiju ar Mārtiņu Karsumu(LAT)". tvnet.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- IIHF (2008-05-11). "LINE-UPS" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- IIHF (2008-05-11). "GAME SUMMARY" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- DELFI (2011-04-15). "Arī Karsums varētu nepalīdzēt Latvijas izlasei pasaules čempionātā(LAT)". delfi.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- TVnet (2012-03-26). "Pasaules čempionātā varētu nespēlēt Karsums, Reķis un Vasiļjevs(LAT)". tvnet.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- DIENA (2013-03-26). "Pasaules čempionātā, visticamāk, nespēlēs arī Ņiživijs(LAT)". diena.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- IIHF (2013-02-10). "Game summary" (PDF). iihf.com. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
- Latvian Institute (2013-02-11). "Latvian National Hockey Team Qualifies for Sochi 2014 Olympics". latvia.lv. Retrieved 2013-09-08.