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News Release: Senators promote Jim Clark to chief professional scout

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today the promotion of Jim Clark to the role of chief professional scout while adding two full-time scouts to the team’s scouting department.

Clark, a native of Summerside, P.E.I., joined the Senators ahead of the 2008-09 season after spending 10 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, primarily as club vice-president and the team’s assistant general manager. He has also previously worked as a professional scout with the Detroit Red Wings and the Florida Panthers. In his new role, Clark will oversee scheduling and liaising with the team’s professional scouts while spending most of his time scouting games at the NHL and American Hockey League levels.

Michael Abbamont returns to Ottawa in the role of professional scout. Based in southern Ontario, Abbamont will spend his time scouting the NHL and AHL levels in addition to games throughout Europe. Abbamont previously worked with the Senators from 2003 to 2005 and recently spent time with the Edmonton Oilers in a professional scouting capacity. He has also scouted for Detroit, Florida and the Washington Capitals. Abbamont has also worked in the NHL head office for Jim Gregory, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, and Frank Bonello with NHL Central Scouting.

John Perpich joins the club in the role of professional scout. Based in the Minneapolis area, Perpich will focus primarily on western Canada and the United States. Perpich has worked previously for the Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals as an assistant coach and most recently with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets in a professional scouting capacity.

Nick Polano, who has been part of Ottawa’s scouting team since 2002, will remain in his capacity as a professional scout. These scouting updates follow the team’s promotion of Bob Lowes to chief amateur scout and the full-time hiring of Don Boyd and Trent Mann in August.

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