The defenseman played 23 games for the Tampa Bay Lightning between 1999 and 2001, scoring one goal and two assists.
At the international level, Astashenko scored one goal and three assists in 13 games for the Latvian national team. He skated for his country at many international events, among them the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2006 IIHF World Championships in his hometown of Riga, Latvia.
I think I'm lucky to be here and you definitely don't take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they're the most important thing in the world. I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances.
— Stars forward Rich Peverley to "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas