Jesse Winchester (ice hockey)

Jesse Winchester
Born (1983-10-04) October 4, 1983
Long Sault, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008present

Graham Jesse Winchester (born October 4, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently signed with The Pittsburgh Penguins. After graduating from Colgate University in 2008, Winchester turned professional, signing with the Ottawa Senators. He also played professional ice hockey with Jokerit of Finland and the Florida Panthers.

Playing career

Winchester was born in nearby Long Sault. He played junior hockey with the Cornwall Colts of the Central Junior A Hockey League, and was then offered a full hockey scholarship, and he subsequently played four seasons of NCAA Division I hockey with Colgate University. He was an ECAC All-Star in 2007–08 as well as Colgate's team captain. On March 25, 2008, after graduating from Colgate, Winchester signed with the NHL's Ottawa Senators and began his pro career.

Winchester made his NHL debut with Ottawa in the 2007–08 season, playing in a single game against the Boston Bruins on March 29, 2008, registering no points and two penalty minutes. Due to stipulations in the league's collective bargaining agreement, Winchester was ineligible to play in the 2008 NHL playoffs. He then made the Senators lineup out of training camp in 2008–09, though a recurring shoulder injury hampered Winchester throughout his rookie NHL season.

Winchester re-signed with the Senators on July 3, 2010, to a two-year deal.[1] In the 2011–12 season, Winchester suffered a serious concussion injury in late December 2011 after a hit from Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad which sidelined him for most of the season.[2] He finally returned to the Ottawa lineup on April 1, 2012, coincidentally the same game in which the Senators clinched a playoff spot.[3]

With the 2012 NHL lockout affecting his status as a free agent, Winchester signed a lockout contract with TuTo of the Finnish Mestis on November 13, 2012.[4] After scoring 10 points in 11 games and with limited NHL interest, Winchester opted to remain in Finland and was elevated to the SM-liiga club, Jokerit for the remainder of the 2012–13 season on January 27, 2013.

On July 5, 2013, Winchester marked his return to the NHL in signing a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers.[5] In the 2013–14 season, Winchester made an impression on as a defensive forward who killed penalties for the Panthers.[6] He also contributed offensively to post a career high 9 goals and 18 points in 52 games.

On July 1, 2014, Winchester was signed as a free agent to a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[7] In the 2014–15 pre-season, Winchester suffered a concussion after a hit from Dennis Wideman of the Calgary Flames.[8] Although initially optimistic on recovery, Winchester's symptoms persisted until he was cleared to travel with the team on March 27, 2015.[9] Winchester suffered a setback after training with the club, and was effectively ruled out from the remainder of the season preventing him from making his Avalanche debut.

In the lead up to the 2015–16 season, Winchester was cleared in full to participate in the Avalanche's training camp.[10] However upon resumption of full training, Winchester's concussion symptoms flared up prior to pre-season games and he was again placed on the injury reserve, ruled out indefinitely. By November, Winchester had left the team and returned home to continue his recovery effectively marking the end of his tenure without ever appearing with the Avalanche.[11]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03Cornwall ColtsCCHL4421476850
2003–04Cornwall ColtsCCHL5423598262
2004–05Colgate UniversityECAC2822422
2005–06Colgate UniversityECAC3714223631
2006–07Colgate UniversityECAC3716213752
2007–08Colgate UniversityECAC408293751
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Ottawa Senators NHL 76 3 15 18 33
2009–10 Ottawa Senators NHL 52 2 11 13 22 6 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 4 2 2 4 0
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 72 4 9 13 42
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 32 2 6 8 22 4 0 0 0 0
2012–13 TuTo Fin.2 11 3 7 10 58
2012–13 Jokerit SM-l 5 0 3 3 2
2013–14 Florida Panthers NHL 52 9 9 18 38
NHL totals 285 20 50 70 159 10 0 0 0 0

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 2006–07
All-ECAC Hockey Third Team 2007–08



  1. 1 2 "Bulletin: Senators re-sign forward Jesse Winchester to a two-year contract" (Press release). Ottawa Senators. Retrieved July 3, 2010.
  2. "Winchester waits for bite". 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  3. "'Overjoyed' Winchester returns to lineup". 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-02.
  4. "NHL'er Jesse Winchester will color Marli Arena" (in Finnish). TuTo. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  5. "Panthers ink C Jesse Winchester". Florida Panthers. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  6. "The Hockey News Player Profile". The Hockey News. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  7. "Avalanche signs four players". Colorado Avalanche. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  8. "Winchester recovering from concussion". Denver Post. 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  9. "Jesse Winchester cleared to travel with Avalanche". 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  10. "Winchester cleared for camp". CBS Sports. 2015-09-17. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  11. "Patrick Roy addresses media pre-game against Jets". Colorado Avalanche. 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2015-11-28.
  12. "Bulletin: Senators Re-Sign Forward Jesse Winchester to Two-Year Contract". Ottawa Senators. May 29, 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2008.
  13. 1 2 "Jesse Winchester". Retrieved April 30, 2013.

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