There was no denying his emotions as he emerged from the Boston Bruins’ TD Banknorth locker room to talk to the media about his first regular-season call-up to the NHL.
Winger Martins Karsums was a bit queasy.
“Obviously, it’s great. But at the same time, I’m really nervous right now. … (I have) butterflies in my stomach and nervousness,” admitted Karsums, who got the call to make the trek from Providence this afternoon from Bruins Director of Player Personnel Don Sweeney after Boston placed winger Marco Sturm on long-term injured reserve.
Had Karsums not gotten the call, he was about one hour away from boarding a bus for Manchester for tonight’s P-Bruins game there. Instead, he’ll make his NHL tonight and join Florida Panthers players Karlis Skrastins and Janis Sprukts among the small corps of Latvians in the NHL.
“Try to work as hard as I can; try to help out the team as best as I can, work hard in the corners, try to win the battles and just put the puck to the net,” said Karsums about how he hoped to help the Bruins given the chance.
Karsums added that after an injury-plagued start to his career (ankle problem in junior, knee problem as a first-year pro), he has a clean bill of health these days. All that’s been holding him back is the lack of an opportunity in Boston, so now he hopes to take advantage of the one that’s come along.