March 1, 1981 |
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Weight||228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Edmonton Oilers
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||35th overall, 2000
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. He was recalled from the Blues' Peoria Rivermen (AHL) affiliate on November 20, 2008.
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. 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. 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. Winchester was not re-signed by the Wild after the conclusion of the season and on September 11, 2014, the Norfolk Admirals announced they had signed him. Winchester recorded 9 points in 15 games before suffering a shoulder injury with the Admirals on January 15, 2015. Winchester was traded by Norfolk to the Oklahoma City Barons for future considerations on March 6, 2015.
On September 17, 2015, Winchester announced he was retiring from professional hockey.
In December 2012, Brad and his father, the former NCAA standout Gary Winchester, were honored by the Wisconsin Badgers when they were selected as honorary captains for the team's games held on December 13 and 14.
In addition to hockey, Winchester loves playing and watching basketball and is a huge supporter of the Wisconsin Men’s basketball team. <citation needed>
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Edmonton Road Runners||AHL||76||22||18||40||143||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||San Jose Sharks||NHL||67||6||4||10||88||1||0||0||0||0|
|2014–15||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||11||1||0||1||8||10||0||0||0||10|
- "Brad Winchester with Blues". blues.nhl.com. July 10, 2008. Archived from the original on October 28, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
- "Blues Recall Winchester from Peoria". blues.nhl.com. November 20, 2008. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
- "Blues trade Winchester to Ducks for third round pick". The Sports Network. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2011-03-01.
- "Sharks Sign Left Wing Brad Winchester". sharks.nhl.com. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- "Flames invite Winchester to training camp". Calgary Flames. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- "Blackhawks agree to terms with Winchester". The Sports Network. 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
- "Blackhawks acquire Connelly from Minnesota". Chicago Blackhawks. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- "Signings". Norfolk Admirals Official Website. September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- "Norfolk's Winchester to OKC for future considerations". American Hockey League. March 6, 2015. Archived from the original on March 7, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- Gary and Brad Winchester return as honorary captains - UWBadgers.com - The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers Archived September 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.