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January 14, 2010

Lightning Assign RW Martins Karsums to HC MVD of the KHL

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned right wing Martins Karsums to HC MVD Balashikha of the Kontinental Hockey League today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. Karsums has played the first part of the season with the Lightning’s top minor league affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Karsums, 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, has played in 36 games with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 16 points with a plus-1 rating. He was recently named to Team Latvia for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In joining HC MVD, Karsums will be united with his national team coach as HC MVD bench boss Olegs Znaroks will also lead the Latvian entry in the Olympics. Karsums also represented his country in last summer’s World Championships, recording a goal and four points in six games.

A native of Riga, Lativa, Karsums was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round, 64th overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 212 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Providence Bruins, amassing 54 goals and 155 points. Prior to turning pro, Karsums played in 139 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, tallying 78 goals and 144 points from 2003-06.

The Admirals will square off against the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m. both nights.

Join us for Norfolk Public Schools Night on Friday. Parents, students and staff of Norfolk Public Schools can get tickets for just $5 by calling the Admirals at (757) 640-1212. Please note that the discounted tickets are only available for advance purchase. Tickets must be purchased by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Also on Friday, the first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive 2009-10 Admirals playing cards, courtesy of John’s Tax Service and Sinclair Communications, parent company of 93.7 BOB-FM, 96-X, US-106, WNIS AM-790, and WTAR 850-AM.

On Saturday, the Admirals and Susan G. Komen for the Cure will hold “Pink in the Rink.” This third annual event will seek to educate and raise awareness about breast cancer while also raising monies for the Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Events leading up to and during the game include a breast cancer informational session, survivor participation during game night, “Hockey 101- A Clinic for Women” and a silent auction for player-autographed Tampa Bay Lightning items. Even the ice will be pink.

Special $12 Red Level Tickets will be available for the game with a portion of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets may be purchased through Susan G. Komen for the Cure online at or by calling (757) 490-7794. Tickets for groups of 10 or more people may also be ordered by calling the Admirals at (757) 640-1212.

For a complete schedule and details of the promotions, please visit or call (757) 640-1212.


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