Brad Winchester

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Brad Winchester
Brad Winchester.jpg
Winchester in a fight while playing for the San Jose Sharks
Born (1981-03-01) March 1, 1981 (age 33)
Madison, WI, USA
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars
St. Louis Blues
Anaheim Ducks
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 35th overall, 2000
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2003–present

Bradley A. Winchester (born March 1, 1981) is a professional ice hockey left winger who is currently with the Minnesota Wild organization of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 35th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Winchester spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development Program, then moved to his hometown University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he played for four seasons. At six feet, five inches tall and 228 pounds, was the largest player the Oilers had drafted since the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. In December 2000, Winchester participated in the World Junior Hockey Championship with the United States, finishing in fourth position.

Winchester made his professional debut in the 2003–04 American Hockey League season, playing for Edmonton's farm affiliate, the Toronto Roadrunners. He moved with the team to Edmonton during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, where he tied for the team lead in goals and was six points behind Tony Salmelainen and Raffi Torres for the team scoring lead. Winchester split 2005–06 between the Oilers and the Hamilton Bulldogs, going scoreless during the NHL regular season but scoring the game-winning goal in his playoff debut, the second game of a series with the number one seeded Detroit Red Wings. His goal gave the eighth seeded Oilers their first win in the series on the road. The Oilers went on to lose to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games of the Stanley Cup final, with Winchester spending most of the latter games as a healthy scratch.

On June 26, 2007, the Oilers declined to make Winchester a qualifying offer, which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, and on the 6th, he signed with the Dallas Stars. After playing in 41 games for Dallas in 2007-08, Winchester signed with the St. Louis Blues on July 10, 2008.[1] He was recalled from the Blues' Peoria Rivermen (AHL) affiliate on November 20, 2008.[2]

On February 28, 2011, Winchester was traded from the Blues to the Anaheim Ducks for a 3rd round draft pick in 2012.[3]

On October 3, 2011, Winchester signed a one-year, $725,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks.[4]

A free agent through the duration of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Winchester accepted a try-out to the Calgary Flames training camp once the dispute was resolved on January 12, 2013.[5] At the conclusion of camp, Winchester was unsuccessful and released by the Flames. On January 22, midway through the 2012–13 AHL season, Winchester signed a professional try-out with the Milwaukee Admirals.

On July 24, 2013, Winchester agreed to a one-year contract as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks.[6] He was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, to start the 2013–14 season.

On February 26, 2014, Winchester was traded by the Blackhawks to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Brian Connelly.[7]

Personal[edit]

In December 2012, Brad and his father, the former NCAA standout Gary Winchester, were honoured by the Wisconsin Badgers when they were selected as honorary captains for the team's games held on December 13th and 14th.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 U.S. National Development Team USDP 69 21 23 44 154
1998–99 U.S. National Development Team USHL 54 14 26 40 109
1999–00 U. of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 33 9 9 18 48
2000–01 U. of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 41 4 7 11 71
2001–02 U. of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 38 14 20 34 38
2002–03 U. of Wisconsin–Madison WCHA 38 10 6 16 58
2003–04 Toronto Roadrunners AHL 65 13 6 19 85 3 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Edmonton Road Runners AHL 76 22 18 40 143
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 40 26 14 40 118
2005–06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 0 1 1 21 10 1 2 3 4
2006–07 Edmonton Oilers NHL 59 4 5 9 86
2007–08 Iowa Stars AHL 1 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 41 1 2 3 46 6 0 0 0 8
2008–09 Peoria Rivermen AHL 13 4 2 6 46
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 13 8 21 89 4 0 0 0 10
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 3 5 8 108
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 57 9 5 14 86
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 19 1 1 2 28 3 0 0 0 4
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 6 4 10 88 1 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 37 9 18 27 66 2 0 1 1 2
2013–14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 55 16 14 30 85
NHL totals 390 37 31 68 552 24 1 2 3 26

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1999 United States WJC18 6 0 3 3 6
2000 United States WJC 7 0 0 0 6
Junior int'l totals 13 0 3 3 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brad Winchester with Blues". blues.nhl.com. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ "Blues Recall Winchester from Peoria". blues.nhl.com. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  3. ^ "Blues trade Winchester to Ducks for third round pick". The Sports Network. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Sharks Sign Left Wing Brad Winchester". sharks.nhl.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Flames invite Winchester to training camp". Calgary Flames. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  6. ^ "Blackhawks agree to terms with Winchester". The Sports Network. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Blackhawks acquire Connelly from Minnesota". Chicago Blackhawks. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  8. ^ Gary and Brad Winchester return as honorary captains - UWBadgers.com - The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers

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