|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
198 lb (90 kg)
Latvijas hokeja līga
HK Lido Nafta Riga
New York Apple Core
HK Rīga 2000
Tampa Bay Lightning
|World Championships||2008, 2009, 2010, 2018|
|Born||February 26, 1986,|
|NHL Draft||64th overall, 2004|
|Pro Career||2000 – present|
Mārtiņš Karsums (born February 26, 1986 in Riga) is a Latvian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Spartak Moskva of the KHL. Karsums was selected in the second round, 64th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He has also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
In 2000 - 2003, Karsums played in Latvian teams Prizma Riga of the Latvijas hokeja līga and later of the EEHL B, HK Lido Nafta Riga of the Latvijas hokeja līga, HK Rīga 2000 of the EEHL and for the Vilki OP of the Latvijas hokeja līga. In 2001-02 season, he also played 20 games for New York Apple Core of the EJHL.
Karsums first appeared on the radar of scouts with his appearances at the 2003 World U18 Championship Division I and 2003 World Junior Championship Division I representing Latvia, although Karsums already played at the 2001 and 2002 World U18 Championships Division I. 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 OP, 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 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 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.
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 to the Tampa Bay Lightning with defenceman Matt Lashoff in exchange for forward Mark Recchi.
He stayed in Riga until the end of the 2012-13 season. After that, he moved in into Moskva where he played five seasons (until 2018) for Dynamo Moskva. Since 2018, Karsums is playing for another Moskva team, Spartak Moskva.
Awards and achievements
- 2006: QMJHL Guy Lafleur Trophy (Playoff Most Valuable Player)
- 2009 Played in AHL All-Star Game (2 goals and 3 assists)
|2000–01||HK Lido Nafta Riga||LHL||18||8||6||14|
|2001–02||Prizma Riga||EEHL Div. B||16||7||8||15||4|
|2002–03||HK Riga 2000||EEHL||2||0||0||0||0|
|2002–03||Prizma Riga||EEHL Div. B||10||5||8||13||28|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||18||1||4||5||6||0||0||0||0||0|
Played for Latvia in:
- 2001 World U18 Championship Division I
- 2002 World U18 Championship Division I
- 2003 World U18 Championship Division I
- 2003 World Junior Championship Division I
- 2004 World Junior Championship Division I
- 2005 World Junior Championship Division I
- 2006 World Junior Championship
- 2008 World Championship
- 2008 Olympic Qualification
- 2009 World Championship
- 2010 Olympics
- 2010 World Championship
- 2012 Olympic Qualification
- 2014 Olympics
- 2016 Olympic Qualification
- 2018 World Championship