KARSUMS ASSIGNED TO P-BRUINS

Winger Went Scoreless in First Career NHL Game

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, in their 17th season in the American Hockey League, announced that right wing Martins Karsums has been assigned to Providence by the Boston Bruins after making his National Hockey League debut tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers. With the move, the P-Bruins have 23 players on their roster, including 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Karsums, 22, returns to Providence, where he has registered 27 points, including a team-high 11 goals, in 26 games this season. The alternate captain has enjoyed three point-streaks of at least five games this year, along with six multiple-point outings, and he notched his 100th career point with a goal on October 12 against the Springfield Falcons.

The third-year pro skated 10 shifts for 8:52 minutes of ice-time against Atlanta for his first NHL action, skating mostly with former P-Bruins linemate Vladimir Sobotka. Karsums finished with a minus-one rating and was returned to Providence following the game.

Karsums posted career-highs with 20 goals, 43 assists and 63 points in 79 games for the P-Bruins in 2007-08. He added another 10 points, including seven goals, in 10 playoff contests before recording three points in two games for Latvia in the IIHF World Championships.

In his career, Karsums has 44 goals, 81 assists and 125 points in 160 games. Prior to turning pro, the native of Riga, Latvia, suited up for three seasons for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Karsums was drafted by Boston 64th overall in round two of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.