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San Jose Sharks Announce Additions to Scouting Department

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SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) hockey operations department has announced the hiring of Ryan Hamilton, JP Cote and Neil McKenney.

"With the promotions of Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson to the San Jose Barracuda coaching staff, we are pleased to announce the additions of Ryan Hamilton, JP Cote and Neil McKenney to our scouting department," said Director of Scouting Doug Wilson Jr. "Ryan and JP have been high character leaders on and off the ice throughout their professional careers, while Neil has been instrumental in helping Rand Pecknold build Quinnipiac into a successful collegiate hockey program."

Ryan Hamilton has been hired to the position of pro scout in the organization and will scout the West. Hamilton, 33, played professional hockey for 12 seasons, most recently with the Bakersfield Condors (AHL). Hamilton served as the Condors captain for three seasons, logging 150 games with 90 points (43 goals, 47 assists) in the process. The two-time AHL All-Star skated with the Houston Aeros (2005-2009), Toronto Marlies (2009-2013), and the Oklahoma City Barons prior to their relocation to Bakersfield. Hamilton also skated in 30 NHL contests for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers, earning five points (one goal, four assists).

JP Cote has been hired to the position of pro scout and will scout the East. Cote, 36, played professional hockey since the 2003-04 season, skating for various clubs in the NHL, AHL, ECHL and International leagues. Cote appeared in 27 NHL contests, earning four assists with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens. He was initially selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the ninth round (265th overall) in the 2000 NHL Draft.

Neil McKenney has been hired to the position of amateur scout and will join the scouting department based out of New England. McKenney previously served as the director of hockey operations for the Quinnipiac Bobcats for three seasons. His main duties included video breakdown and analysis, pre-scouting opponents and managing the team travel. McKenney also worked with the Buffalo Sabres for two seasons in the hockey department. A graduate of Sacred Heart University, McKenney received a double-major in Finance and Sport Management.

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