The Ottawa Senators announced today they have signed free-agent forward and Long Sault, Ont., native Jesse Winchester
to a one-year contract.
Winchester, 24, 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 this season, he scored eight goals and added a team- and league-leading 29 assists for 37 points. Winchester, Colgate’s team captain for the 2007-08 season, was named as the ECAC’s player of the week on two occasions this season.
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 adding 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.