|Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs
round 1 (#6 overall) in 1975 NHL Amateur Draft.
|Selected by Michigan Stags/Baltimore
Blades round 1 (#3 overall) in 1975 WHA Amateur Draft.
Don had a tough rookie season, scoring
just six times, and only a slightly more encouraging sophomore session
with 19. Demoted each of his first three seasons with Toronto, he
quit briefly in 1978 before agreeing to keep going a little longer, though
he missed the majority of the 1978-79 season in retirement.
|Traded to Colorado Rockies by Toronto
with Trevor Johansen for Paul Gardner, March 13, 1979. Traded to
Edmonton by Colorado for Bobby Schmautz, February 25, 1980. Sent
to the Wichita Wind of the Central Hockey League. He and teammates
Don Murdoch and Tom Roulston led the Wind to the Adams Cup final against
Salt Lake before losing in seven games.
|As he and his wife Terry drove home
just a few days later, they were hit head-on by a pick up truck.
Ashby died in hospital a few hours later from massive internal injuires.