Martins Karsums

Martins Karsums

Latvian hockey player
Date of Birth: 26.02.1986
Country: Latvia

Content:
  1. Martins Karsums: Professional Latvian Hockey Player
  2. Move to Moncton Wildcats
  3. Success and Injuries
  4. Move to Boston Bruins and International Debut
  5. Return to Dinamo Riga

Martins Karsums: Professional Latvian Hockey Player

Martins Karsums is a professional Latvian hockey player currently playing for 'Dinamo Riga' in the Kontinental Hockey League. He was selected in the NHL draft in 2004, in the second round, 64th overall. Karsums first caught the attention of agents in 2003, when he played in the first division games and later represented the Latvian national team at the Junior World Championship. During the division tournament, he scored twice, and in the championship games, he managed to score 35 penalties in five matches.

Martins Karsums

Move to Moncton Wildcats

The prospects of playing for the 'Vilki Riga' club did not excite the young athlete, so he decided to transfer to the 'Moncton Wildcats.' In his first season in the new team, he played exceptionally well, ranking in the top five in both team scoring and the league's list of best rookies, with 30 goals, 23 assists, and 76 penalties. In 2004, Karsums surpassed all opponents by scoring seven goals in the Junior World Championship First Division, helping his team with six more goals.

Martins Karsums

Success and Injuries

The following season, Martins unfortunately had to partially miss due to an injury, but he still managed to play fairly productively, scoring 14 goals and providing 12 assists. The 2005-2006 season was the best for Karsums so far. He accumulated 65 points in total and helped his team win the Jean Rougeau Trophy and the President's Cup. Karsums also won the Guy Lafleur Trophy and was recognized as the most valuable player in the playoffs. In 2006, he participated in the Memorial Cup, scoring one goal in five games and assisting in three others.

Martins Karsums

Move to Boston Bruins and International Debut

In May, Martins was offered a three-year contract with the 'Boston Bruins,' which he accepted. He spent most of his time under this contract playing for the 'Providence Bruins' in the American Hockey League. In 2008, Martins made his international debut in a match between Latvia and Norway, with his team winning 4-1. He scored his first international point in this game by assisting in one of the four goals. In 2009, Karsums was traded to the 'Tampa Bay Lightning,' where he played until January 14, 2010. It was during this period that he scored his first goal in the National Hockey League in a game against the 'New Jersey Devils'.

Martins Karsums

Return to Dinamo Riga

In January, the team offered Karsums a contract extension, but he declined, finding the offer from 'Dinamo Riga' more appealing.

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