With the Maple Leafs in 2012.
April 1, 1991 |
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
|Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
|NHL Draft||29th overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
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.
Playing career 
Junior hockey 
Ashton was drafted by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round, seventh overall in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft. 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. During the 2008-09 season, Ashton played for Team Cherry in the CHL Top Prospects Game. 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.
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. 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.
International play 
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
Ashton played for Team Saskatchewan at the 2007 Canada Winter Games which were held in Whitehorse, YK. 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.
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.
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.
Professional hockey 
On March 7, 2012, Carter Ashton played in his first NHL game in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Carter's father, Brent Ashton, played in 998 NHL games in a career that spanned from 1979–1993. 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.
Awards and honours 
- Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp 
- Named Reebok/ AHL player of the week for October 2–9, 2011
- Named Reebok/AHL rookie of the month for November 2011 
Career statistics 
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||15||0||0||0||13||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Carter Ashton, Regina Pats". Western Hockey League. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- "Five WHL Players selected in 1st Round of 2009 NHL Entry Draft". Western Hockey League. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2010-01-15.[dead link]
- "Tampa Bay Lightning signs Carter Ashton". 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- "Regina Pats get NHL prospect in multi-player trade with Lethbridge Hurricanes". Regina Leader post. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- WHL Network
- "CANADA'S NATIONAL MEN'S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- Hockey Canada
- "Leafs trade Keith Aulie to Lightning". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2012-02-27.
- Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile
- Ashton named AHL Rookie of the Month - Tampa Bay Lightning - News
- Carter Ashton's player profile at NHL.com
- Carter Ashton's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Carter Ashton's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Carter Ashton player profile on the Western Hockey League site
|Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick