September 6, 2005

Sr. | D | Dalhousie, New Brunswick

Winchester is known more for his passing ability than his shot.


Key Statistics: Winchester had just 11 total points in his first two seasons at UAH before exploding for 21 as a junior. He ranked fifth on the team in scoring and tied for third among College Hockey America defensemen. All but one of his points came on assists. In fact, he’s averaging just more than a goal per season in college (four tallies in three years). Oddly, his one marker last season came short-handed.

What He Does: Few would argue that Winchester was the “fifth man” on the Chargers’ top power-play unit last year. He didn’t draw near the acclaim afforded the other four guys in the group – forwards Jared Ross, Craig Bushey and Bruce Mulherin and defenseman Jeremy Schreiber – but skating alongside those dangerous players surely contributed to the crooked numbers suddenly appearing in his points column. Winchester is a heady player who is more than willing to silently do his job while others endure the spotlight (he even declined to be interviewed for this profile). He has nice size (listed at 6-3, 205), a decent shot and a refined passing ability.

The Bigger Picture: With Ross and Bushey lost to graduation, Winchester might see his assists drop a bit this year. He probably won’t be given any added offensive responsibility, given that Schreiber, his defensive partner, is the more dynamic of the two to begin with. The UAH coaching staff wouldn’t mind seeing Winchester pop a few more into the net, but that’s not a must. What’s more important is that he continue to be a steady force on the blue line, because he and Schreiber will be matched against the opponent’s top line night after night. Assistant coach Lance West says Winchester has lost about 20 pounds since arriving in Alabama, down to a more-manageable 210-215. The trimmer physique has quickened his stride going both forward and laterally.

UAH assistant coach Lance West on Winchester: "He has the best combination of size and skill of anyone in my six years here. He likes to hit – he has a little nasty streak when he needs to. And everybody likes him because he’s a fun guy in the locker room. Kind of the joker-type.”

— James Jahnke

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