Veteran NHLer Winchester calls it a career

Brad Winchester, who appeared in nearly 400 games over a seven-year career, announced his retirement on Thursday via Twitter.

Winchester, 34, had spent the last few seasons with a variety of organizations — Chicago, Minnesota, Anaheim, Edmonton — but played exclusively in the AHL, most recently with the Oilers’ affiliate in Oklahoma City.

That last stint with the Oilers was a homecoming of sorts, as Edmonton made Winchester the 35th overall pick in 2000 and gave him his NHL debut (he would later appear in 10 games during the Oilers’ Stanley Cup run of 2006.)

Winchester’s best years came with St. Louis, most notably the 2008-09 campaign in which he scored a career-high 13 goals and 21 points.

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