April 1, 1991 |
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
|Tampa Bay Lightning
Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs
|NHL Draft||29th overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carter David Ashton (born April 1, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL), under contract to the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ashton was drafted 29th overall by the Lightning during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Ashton was drafted by the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 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 in 2007–08. He played only 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. He 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 February 27, 2012, Ashton was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Keith Aulie. Ten days later, into the 2011–12 season, on March 7, 2012, Ashton made his debut with the Maple Leafs and played in his first NHL game in a 3–2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
On November 6, 2014 Ashton was suspended 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. Ashton claimed to have unknowingly ingested a banned substance while using an un-prescribed inhaler for exercise-induced asthma. The suspension came with a mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
Ashton played for Team Saskatchewan at the 2007 Canada Winter Games which were held in Whitehorse, Yukon. 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 one goal and two assists in four games, including a goal in the gold medal win against Russia.
- Carter's father, Brent Ashton, played in 998 NHL games in a career that spanned from 1979 to 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 former 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 
Regular season and playoffs
|2011–12||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||15||0||0||0||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||32||0||3||3||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||7||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
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- "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.
- "Big move between Pats and Americans". Western Hockey League. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
- "Leafs trade Keith Aulie to Lightning". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2012-02-27.
- NHL.com (November 6, 2014), Maple Leafs' Ashton suspended 20 games, NHL, retrieved November 6, 2014
- "Lightning acquire Carter Ashton, David Broll from Leafs". National Hockey League. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-06.
- "CANADA'S NATIONAL MEN'S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- Hockey Canada
- 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 statistics 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