OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators announced today they have re-signed forward Jesse Winchester to a two-year contract.
Winchester, 24, signed with the Senators on March 24 and made his NHL debut on March 29 against the Boston Bruins, recording two penalty minutes in 14 minutes of ice time.
Prior to signing with the Senators, the Long Sault, Ont., native spent the last four seasons playing for the Colgate University Red Raiders of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC). In 40 games with the Red Raiders last season, he scored eight goals and added a team- and league-leading 29 assists for 37 points.
The 6’1”, 215-pound forward played in 143 games over his four-year career at Colgate, scoring 40 goals and adding 74 assists for 114 points while accumulating 158 penalty minutes.
Winchester spent much of his amateur hockey career in the Ottawa area, playing for the Cornwall Colts of the Central Junior Hockey League before attending Colgate. In his final season with Cornwall, he was named team MVP, scoring 23 goals and adding a league-leading 59 assists for 82 points in 54 games. Prior to playing with Cornwall, he played for the Winchester Hawks of the Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey League.
JESSE WINCHESTER, Forward, shoots right, 6’1”, 215 lbs.
Born: Oct. 4, 1983 (Cornwall, Ont.)
Drafted: Undrafted – signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators on March 24, 2008.
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