Arron Asham

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Arron Asham
Arron Asham 2011-04-23.jpg
Asham with the Penguins, April 2011.
Born (1978-04-13) April 13, 1978 (age 36)
Portage la Prairie, MB, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 71st overall, 1996
Montreal Canadiens[1]
Playing career 1998–present

Arron Miles Asham (born April 13, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger who plays for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Asham was drafted 71st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Montreal during the 1998–99 season. After parts of four seasons with Montreal, he was traded to the New York Islanders on June 22, 2002 along with a 2002 5th round draft pick for Mariusz Czerkawski. After years of going back and forth between the Canadiens and Montreal's American Hockey League affiliate, Asham became a mainstay in the Islanders lineup with his most productive offensive season to date coming during his first season with his new team, 2002–03, when he scored 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 78 games. After four seasons with the Islanders, Asham signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils on August 7, 2007.

After the 2007–08 season, Asham became a free agent again, this time signing a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on July 7, 2008. On signing with the Flyers, Asham said, "I've always loved the way the Flyers play and I fit in here. They play hard every night. They play tough hockey and I've always admired that. I always thought I should play here and when the chance came up last summer to come here, I thought it was the best place for me and a place where I'd really have a chance to win a Stanley Cup in the next couple of years."[2]

In the 2010 playoffs, Asham scored four goals as the Flyers defied expectations and reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1997. His biggest goal came in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Montreal when he scored in the 2nd period to give the Flyers a 2–1 lead of an eventual 4–2 victory that eliminated the Canadiens and propelled the Flyers into a Finals matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks. Asham netted one goal in the finals as the Flyers lost to the Blackhawks 4 games to 2.

Asham signed a one-year contract worth $700,000 with the Pittsburgh Penguins on August 20, 2010.[3] During the following off-season, the contract was extended for another year.[citation needed]

During Game 3 of the 2012 NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals, in retaliation to a hit on a teammate, Asham cross-checked Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers in the upper body, and then threw a punch while Schenn was down on the ice. Schenn sustained no apparent injury due to the hit. For his actions, Asham received a four-game suspension, his first disciplinary action from the NHL Commissioner since joining the NHL.[4]

Asham signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers on July 1, 2012. Asham has played for all 5 teams in the former Atlantic division during his career. On February 10, 2013, Asham scored his first goal as a Ranger in a 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is the only player to score a goal with every Atlantic division team. On May 13, 2013, he scored the series winning goal in Game 7 of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs to push the Rangers into the second round and eliminate the Washington Capitals.

Personal life[edit]

Asham has 4 children; sons Dexter and Cruz, and daughters Azilyn and Oceane .[5] Asham is Métis Canadian.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Red Deer Rebels WHL 62 11 16 27 126
1995–96 Red Deer Rebels WHL 70 32 45 77 174 10 6 3 9 20
1996–97 Red Deer Rebels WHL 67 45 51 96 149 16 12 14 26 36
1997–98 Red Deer Rebels WHL 67 43 49 92 25 5 0 2 2 8
1997–98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 0
1998–99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 60 16 18 34 33 13 8 6 14 11
1999–00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 13 4 5 9 2 2 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 33 4 2 6 55
2000–01 Quebec Citadelles AHL 15 7 9 16 51 7 1 2 3 2
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 46 2 3 5 59
2001–02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 35 5 4 9 11 3 0 1 1 0
2001–02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 24 9 14 23 31
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 78 15 19 34 57 5 0 0 0 16
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 79 12 12 24 92 5 0 1 1 4
2004–05 EHC Visp NLB 5 2 4 6 6
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 63 9 15 24 103
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 80 11 12 23 63 5 1 0 1 0
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 6 4 10 84 5 0 1 1 2
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 8 12 20 155 6 1 1 2 10
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 10 14 24 126 23 4 3 7 10
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 44 5 6 11 46 7 3 1 4 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 5 11 16 76 3 0 0 0 10
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 27 2 0 2 50 10 2 0 2 6
NHL totals 783 94 114 208 990 72 11 8 19 56
Arron Asham with the Flyers.
Asham playing for the New Jersey Devils during the 2007–08 season.

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Canada PC[7] 5 2 3 5 4
Junior int'l totals 5 2 3 5 4

Transactions[edit]

  • On August 1, 2001 the Montreal Canadiens re-signed restricted free agent Arron Asham to a 1-year contract.
  • On January 19, 2005 the Visp (Swiss-2) signed Arron Asham.
  • On August 15, 2005 the New York Islanders re-signed restricted free agent Arron Asham to a 1-year contract.
  • On July 24, 2006 the New York Islanders re-signed restricted free agent Arron Asham to a 1-year contract.
  • On August 7, 2007 the New Jersey Devils signed unrestricted free agent Arron Asham.
  • On July 7, 2008 the Philadelphia Flyers signed unrestricted free agent Arron Asham to a multi-year contract.
  • On August 20, 2010 the Pittsburgh Penguins signed unrestricted free agent Arron Asham to a 1-year contract.
  • On July 1, 2012 the New York Rangers signed unrestricted free agent Arron Asham to a 2-year contract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ Lawless, Gary (1 April 2009). "Asham a fabulous fit in Philly". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 23 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Penguins Sign Forward Arron Asham". Pittsburgh Penguins. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Arron Asham suspended 4 games". NHL.com. National Hockey League. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  5. ^ http://penguins.nhl.com/v2/ext/pdf/1011_PittsburghPenguins-MediaGuide.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.nativehockey.com/players/nhl/asham.html
  7. ^ 1995 National Men's Under-18 Team. Retrieved on 29 April 2009.

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