Don Ashby

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Don Ashby
Born (1955-03-08)March 8, 1955
Kamloops, BC, CAN
Died May 30, 1981(1981-05-30) (aged 26)
Kelowna, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Colorado Rockies
Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft 6th overall, 1975
Toronto Maple Leafs
WHA Draft 3rd overall, 1975
Michigan Stags
Playing career 1975–1981

Donald Allan Ashby (March 8, 1955 – May 30, 1981) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played six seasons in the National Hockey League from 1975–76 until 1980–81.

Ashby was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, and played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies and Edmonton Oilers in his NHL career.

Ashby played 188 career NHL games, scoring 40 goals, 56 assists and 96 points. He was drafted sixth overall by the Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft.

A few days after finishing the 1980–81 season which he played with the CHL Wichita Wind, Ashby and his wife, Terry, were involved in an automobile accident in the Okanagan Valley. The vehicle that they were driving was hit head-on by a pick up truck and Ashby died a few hours later from massive internal injuries, in the hospital in Kelowna, British Columbia.

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Preceded by
Jack Valiquette
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
1975
Succeeded by
John Anderson