Carter Ashton

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Carter Ashton
Carter Ashton 2012-03-07.JPG
With the Maple Leafs in 2012.
Born (1991-04-01) April 1, 1991 (age 23)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2009–present

Carter Ashton (born April 1, 1991) is a Canadian ice hockey player currently for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Ashton was drafted 29th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Ashton was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Playing career[edit]

Junior[edit]

Ashton was drafted by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round, seventh overall in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft.[1] He appeared in two games with the Hurricanes in the 2006-07 season, earning no points.

Ashton's rookie season in the WHL was 2007-08. He only played 40 games, missing significant time due to injury. During the WHL playoffs that season, Ashton helped the Hurricanes reach the finals of the WHL playoffs.

Ashton had a breakout season in 2008-09, as he appeared in 70 games with the Hurricanes, scoring a team high 30 goals, while adding 20 assists for 50 points, which was the fourth highest total on the club. In the post-season, Ashton appeared in 11 games, earning three points.[1] During the 2008-09 season, Ashton played for Team Cherry in the CHL Top Prospects Game.[2] After the season, Ashton was selected 29th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Ashton attended training camp with the Lightning, and the team signed him to an entry level contract on October 2, 2009.[3]

Ashton began the 2009-10 season with the Hurricanes, and after recording 13 goals and 26 points in 28 games, the Hurricanes traded him to the Regina Pats.[4] With Regina, Ashton had 11 goals and 25 points in 37 games, as the Pats failed to qualify for the playoffs.

On December 10, 2010, Ashton was traded to the Tri-City Americans.[5]

Professional hockey[edit]

On February 27, 2012 Ashton was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Keith Aulie.[6]

On March 7, 2012, Carter Ashton played in his first NHL game in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2011 USA

Ashton played for Team Saskatchewan at the 2007 Canada Winter Games which were held in Whitehorse, YK.[7] He also played for Team West at the 2007 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, where he served as an alternate captain on the team that won the bronze medal.[7]

After his rookie season in the WHL, Ashton played for Team Canada at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament helping the team to a gold medal. Ashton finished the tournament with 1 goal and 2 assists in four games, including a goal in the gold medal win against Russia.[8]

Carter played for Team Canada at the 2011 World Juniors held in Buffalo New York. He finished with 1 goal and 2 assists. Team Canada won the silver medal.

Carter Ashton warming up in his first AHL game with the Toronto Marlies.

Personal[edit]

  • Carter's father, Brent Ashton, played in 998 NHL games in a career that spanned from 19791993. His father was the player traded most in NHL history until record was tied by Mike Sillinger. Carter was born in Winnipeg during his father's stint with the Jets.
  • Carter is close friends with fellow WHLers Brayden Schenn, Jared Cowen, and Jimmy Bubnick from their minor hockey days in Saskatoon.[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp [9]
  • Named Reebok/ AHL player of the week for October 2–9, 2011
  • Named Reebok/AHL rookie of the month for November 2011 [10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 40 5 4 9 21 19 0 1 1 12
2008–09 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 70 30 20 50 93 11 1 2 3 15
2009–10 Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 28 13 13 26 52
2009–10 Regina Pats WHL 37 11 14 25 57
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 11 1 0 1 6
2010–11 Regina Pats WHL 29 16 11 27 44
2010–11 Tri-City Americans WHL 33 17 27 44 62 10 3 5 8 4
2010–11 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 56 19 16 35 58
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 7 2 1 3 8 6 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 15 0 0 0 13
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 53 11 8 19 67 9 3 2 5 4
2013–14 Toronto Marlies AHL 24 16 7 23 30 12 4 5 9 16
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 32 0 3 3 19
NHL totals 47 0 3 3 32

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada Western WHC17 6 1 5 6 2
2009 Canada IH18 4 1 2 3 0
2011 Canada WJC 7 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 17 3 9 12 8

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Victor Hedman
Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick
2009
Succeeded by
Brett Connolly