Boston, MA -
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Martins Karsums from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis. He will join the team today and be available for tonight's game against the Atlanta Thrashers. The team also placed forward Marco Sturm on long term injured reserve, retroactive to November 17.
Karsums has registered 11 goals and 16 assists in 26 games for Providence this year, after tallying a career-best 20 goals and 43 assists in 79 games during his second professional season with the P-Bruins last year. The 22-year-old joined the Providence Bruins in 2006 after playing three seasons of junior hockey with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he notched 78-66-144 totals and 196 penalty minutes in 139 career games.
The 5'10", 198-pound Riga, Latvia native was originally drafted by the Bruins in the 2nd round (64th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Sturm has appeared in 18 games this year for Boston and recorded 6-6-12 totals with a +8 plus/minus rating. He has missed the last 11 games due to injury. Sturm led all Boston goal-scorers last year with 27 tallies.
The Boston Bruins host the Atlanta Thrashers in the second game of a home-and-home set tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET at the TD Banknorth Garden.