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Karlis Skrastins

Karlis Skrastins  #37

Defenseman
NUMBER: 37 BIRTHDATE: July 9, 1974
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Riga, Latvia
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: NSH / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 9th   (230th overall)
A third-time Olympian, Skrastins represented Latvia at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. His Olympic background dates back to 1992-1993 where he took part in the Olympic Qualifying for the 1994 Olympics; Latvia however, did not advance.

Skrastins is no stranger to playing for his country at the international level -- he has represented Latvia at the World Championships in the C pool (1993), B pool (1994, 1995 and 1996) and A pool (1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005) for a total of 10 appearances.  

He was Latvia’s leading scorer with six points (3-3-6) in six games at the 2003 World Championship and ranked second among all defensemen with three goals at the 2001 World Championship.

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After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.

— Bruins president Cam Neely on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Boston and Montreal at Gillette Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2016