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Carter David Ashton (born April 1, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Ashton was drafted 29th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Carter Ashton
Carter Ashton 2012-03-07.JPG
With the Maple Leafs in 2012.
Born (1991-04-01) April 1, 1991 (age 28)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
KHL team
Former teams
Dinamo Riga
Toronto Maple Leafs
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
Lada Togliatti
Severstal Cherepovets
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2009–present

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

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.[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 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

ProfessionalEdit

On February 27, 2012, Ashton was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Keith Aulie.[7] 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.[8]

On February 6, 2015, Ashton was traded from the Maple Leafs back to Tampa Bay in a deal that included David Broll and a conditional seventh-round Pick in 2016 from the Lightning.[9]

On July 21, 2015, Ashton signed as a restricted free agent from the Lightning, with Russian club, Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League.[10] After two seasons with Torpedo and having established himself in the KHL, Ashton moved to fellow KHL club, HC Lada Togliatti, in a trade for the final year of his contract on June 2, 2017.[11]

At the completion of the 2017–18 season, Ashton left Lada as a free agent, signing a two-year contract with his third KHL club, Severstal Cherepovets on June 15, 2018.[12]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  USA 2011

Ashton played for Team Saskatchewan at the 2007 Canada Winter Games which were held in Whitehorse, Yukon.[13] 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.[13]

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.[14]

He was later invited to take part in Canada's 2011 national junior team selection camp [15] Carter played for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Buffalo, New York. He finished with one goal and two assists as Canada won the silver medal.

PersonalEdit

Ashton's father, Brent played in 998 NHL games in a career that spanned from 1979 to 1993. His father held the record for the most traded player in NHL history until the record was tied by Mike Sillinger. Carter was born in Winnipeg during his father's stint with the Jets.

Carter is close friends with Luke and Brayden Schenn, Jared Cowen and Jimmy Bubnick from their minor hockey days in Saskatoon.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

 
Carter Ashton warming up in his first AHL game with the Toronto Marlies.
    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
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 12 4 4 8 8
2014–15 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 3 11 14 61 3 0 0 0 7
2015–16 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 46 13 10 23 61 9 0 0 0 33
2016–17 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 59 18 10 28 48 5 0 0 0 4
2017–18 HC Lada Togliatti KHL 6 2 1 3 4
2018–19 Severstal Cherepovets KHL 36 9 5 14 26
NHL totals 54 0 3 3 32

InternationalEdit

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

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
WHL
CHL Top Prospects Game 2009
AHL
Reebok/AHL Player of the Week (October 2–9) 2011
Reebok/AHL Rookie of the Month (November) 2011 [16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Carter Ashton, Regina Pats". Western Hockey League. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  2. ^ "Carter Ashton player profile". Western Hockey League. 2012-03-04. Archived from the original on 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2012-03-04.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Five WHL Players selected in 1st Round of 2009 NHL Entry Draft". Western Hockey League. 2009-06-26. Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  4. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning signs Carter Ashton". 2009-10-02. Archived from the original on 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  5. ^ "Regina Pats get NHL prospect in multi-player trade with Lethbridge Hurricanes". Regina Leader post. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-01-15.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Big move between Pats and Americans". Western Hockey League. 2010-12-10. Archived from the original on 2012-06-03. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  7. ^ "Leafs trade Keith Aulie to Lightning". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2012-02-27.
  8. ^ NHL.com (November 6, 2014), Maple Leafs' Ashton suspended 20 games, NHL, archived from the original on November 7, 2014, retrieved November 6, 2014
  9. ^ "Lightning acquire Carter Ashton, David Broll from Leafs". National Hockey League. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-06.
  10. ^ "Torpedo agree to terms with Cater Ashton" (in Russian). Championnat.com. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-21.
  11. ^ "Carter Ashton in Lada" (in Russian). HC Lada Togliatti. 2017-06-02. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  12. ^ "Carter Ashton joins Severstal" (in Russian). Severstal Cherepovets. 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  13. ^ a b "CANADA'S NATIONAL MEN'S SUMMER UNDER-18 TEAM". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
  14. ^ "Canada prevail over Russia". Hockey Canada. 2008-10-01. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  15. ^ "2011 Team Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-01-02.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Ashton named AHL Rookie of the Month". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-01.

External linksEdit

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