When the new Shreveport Mudbugs of the North American Hockey League begin play this September, it'll be a former 'Bugs star at the helm. Karlis Zirnis, who played two seasons (2006 - 08) with the team when they called CenturyLink Center home, was introduced as the new Bugs boss at a news conference / party at Twisted Root Burger Wednesday evening.

Zirnis, who first came to Shreveport - Bossier by way of his native Latvia and University of Alabama - Huntsville, returns to the area after serving as an assistant for the Latvian Olympic team, and most recently coaching juniors for the Nashville Predators NHL organization.

From 2002 to 2010, Zirnis played professionally for four teams, tallying 30 goals in his two years with the Bugs.

The Mudbugs begin NAHL play in September at a newly renovated Hirsch Coliseum. For ticket information, JUST CLICK HERE!