Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brent Ashton
Brent Ashton played for nine teams during a 14-year career, and was traded an extraordinary nine times: Vancouver to Winnipeg to Colorado to New Jersey to Minnesota to Quebec Detroit to Winnipeg to Boston to Calgary. Along the way he had seven 20-goal seasons, but missed the hallowed 1,000-game mark by exactly two games.

Ashton was drafted by Vancouver back in 1979, 26th overall, after a junior career that culminated with 64 goals and 119 points with Saskatoon. Over the course of his nine teams, he played the fewest games with Calgary (32) and the most with Winnipeg (221). Those nine trades involved some 16 players, yet despite going from town to town he scored more than 20 goals seven times and had a career-high 31 with the Jets in 1988-89, the same year he won a silver medal playing for Canada at the World Championships.

Ashton was not a rough player and he was generally on teams that finished out of the playoffs, though he did go as far as the semi-finals with Detroit in 1987 and 1988. His career ended at age 33 after he suffered a knee injury while with the Las Vegas Thunder of the IHL, his NHL career over after 998 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Saskatoon Olympics SJHL 47 40 50 90
1975-76 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 11 3 4 7 11 18 1 1 2 5
1976-77 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 54 26 25 51 84 6 1 2 3 15
1977-78 Saskatoon Blades WCJHL 46 38 26 64 47
1978-79 Saskatoon Blades WHL 62 64 55 119 80 11 14 4 18 5
1979-80 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 5 14 19 11 +4 4 1 0 1 6
1980-81 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 18 11 29 57 -10 3 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 80 24 36 60 26 -31
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 14 19 33 47 -23
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 68 7 10 17 54 -13 12 1 2 3 22
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 29 4 7 11 15 +1
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 49 27 24 51 38 +18 18 6 4 10 13
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 26 32 58 64 +7 3 2 1 3 9
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 25 19 44 17 -12
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 15 16 31 22 -3 16 4 9 13 6
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 73 26 27 53 50 +10 16 7 5 12 10
1988-89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 75 31 37 68 36 -5
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 10 3 3 6 2
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 22 34 56 37 +4 7 3 1 4 2
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 61 12 24 36 58 -10
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 7 1 0 1 4 -3
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 61 17 22 39 47 -4
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 26 2 2 4 11 0
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 11 4 8 12 10
1992-93 Calgary Flames NHL 32 8 11 19 41 +11 6 0 3 3 2
1993-94 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 16 4 10 14 29
NHL Totals 998 284 345 629 635 85 24 25 49 70


Rights traded to Winnipeg by Vancouver with Vancouver's 4th round choice (Tom Martin) in 1982 Entry Draft as compensation for Vancouver's signing of free agent Ivan Hlinka, July 15, 1981. Traded to Colorado by Winnipeg with Winnipeg's 3rd round choice (Dave Kasper) in 1982 Entry Draft for Lucien DeBlois, July 15, 1981. Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Minnesota by New Jersey for Dave Lewis, October 3, 1983. Traded to Quebec by Minnesota with Brad Maxwell for Tony McKegney and Bo Berglund, December 14, 1984. Traded to Detroit by Quebec with Gilbert Delorme and Mark Kumpel for Basil McRae, John Ogrodnick and Doug Shedden, January 17, 1987. Traded to Winnipeg by Detroit for Paul MacLean, June 13, 1988. Traded to Boston by Winnipeg for Petri Skriko, October 29, 1991. Traded to Calgary by Boston for C.J. Young, February 1, 1993.
Suffered career-ending knee injury, November, 1993.