Carter Ashton
Born April 1 1991 (1991-04-01) (age 28),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tri-City Americans (WHL)
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2009
Tampa Bay Lightning
Playing career 2009–present

Carter Ashton (born April 1, 1991) is a Canadian ice hockey player who was drafted 29th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Ashton plays with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Playing careerEdit

Junior hockeyEdit

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. 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Professional careerEdit

After his 2009-10 WHL season ended with the Regina Pats, the Lightning placed Ashton on the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. In 11 games with Norfolk, Ashton recorded a goal and six penalty minutes.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of 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.[5] 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.[5]

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.[6]


Awards and honoursEdit

  • Invited to take part in Canada’s 2011 National Junior Team selection camp [7]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
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
WHL totals 239 92 89 181 329 40 4 8 12 31
AHL totals 11 1 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 0


External linksEdit

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