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Sens announce changes to development staff

Pierre Dorion shared that former Senators Jesse Winchester and Clarke MacArthur have been added to the team's development staff.

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

With so many fresh faces in town for the Senators' annual Development Camp, fans may have also noticed a few familiar ones were back on the ice this week as well.

Sens alumni Jesse Winchester and Clarke MacArthur have both been in Ottawa this week to help out as guest coaches before general manager Pierre Dorion clarified their roles earlier today.

"We've hired Jesse Winchester on a full-time basis to follow our prospects along with Shean Donovan," Dorion said via a Sens TV video released Friday morning. "We've also hired Clarke MacArthur on a part-time basis to help our prospects develop into the best players that they can be."

Video: Pierre Dorion Development Camp Update

Winchester will take over Chris Kelly's full-time duties as a player development coach as Kelly, a father of three, has made the decision to spend more time with his family. Winchester signed with the Senators back in 2008 after graduating from Colgate University and went on to appear in 233 games with Ottawa.

"I got to play in the NHL in my 'home town' which is an hour away from where I grew up," said Winchester following the Development Camp awards earlier this afternoon. "I love the area so to be welcomed back to the organization here is pretty special and I'm very excited to help out in any way I can."

For MacArthur, his return to Ottawa on a part-time basis comes after a two-year, on-ice hiatus where he was last a member of the 2017 Senators team that made it to the Eastern Conference Final. Ultimately, it was his experience with the Sens that drew him back to a role helping to develop young players for the team.

"Being away for the past few years and following the team, I was just trying to figure out what I want to do," said MacArthur. "I kept getting pulled back to wanting to work with this organization. They were great to me when I was here."

MacArthur also shared that while his role will be on a part-time basis next season, he's excited to see how I could expand in the future.

"I like working with the kids," he said. "The guys that are on the doorstep and the struggles you have during that time of your career…I've been through. I think I can help out in that regard."

The Senators wrap up their 2019 Development Camp this weekend with their final on-ice session being the annual 3-on-3 tournament at the Bell Sensplex at 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more details on the final days of camp, click here.

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