April 28, 1995|
Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team||Boston Bruins|
133rd overall, 2013|
Connor Clifton (born April 28, 1995) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He played collegiate hockey with Quinnipiac University. Clifton is also known as "Cliffy Hockey", a nickname given to him by former Providence Bruins teammate, Kenny Agostino.
Born in Long Branch, New Jersey and raised in Matawan, New Jersey, Clifton played prep hockey at Christian Brothers Academy together with his brother, Tim. Having played in his draft eligible year within the U.S. National Development Team Program, Clifton was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth-round, 133rd overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Clifton began his freshman season at Quinnipiac University during the 2013-14 season. He was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team during all four seasons with the Quinnipiac Bobcats. In his junior season, Clifton was named captain of the Bobcats and at the conclusion of the season was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament, NCAA East All-Frozen Four Team, and honored as Team ECAC Hockey Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Following his senior season and un-signed from the Coyotes, Clifton signed with the Boston Bruins American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
On March 23, 2019, Clifton registered his first NHL point with an assist on a Noel Acciari's goal, in a 7-3 win over the Florida Panthers. He scored his first NHL goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes, as part of a 6-2 rout. The Bruins would later advance to the Stanley Cup Final, but would lose to the St. Louis Blues in seven games.
On July 1, 2019, Clifton signed a 3-year, $3 million contract extension with the Bruins.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||New Jersey Hitmen||EmJHL||33||2||10||12||59||3||0||0||0||2|
|2010–11||New Jersey Hitmen||EmJHL||36||4||14||18||95||7||2||2||4||10|
|2011–12||New Jersey Hitmen||EmJHL||4||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Hitmen||EJHL||28||1||11||12||46||6||0||3||3||15|
|2011–12||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||8||1||0||1||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||U.S. National Development Team||USHL||25||3||6||9||90||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honors
|ECAC All-Tournament Team||2016|
|ECAC Tournament MVP||2016|
|NCAA All-Tournament Team||2016|
|Prince of Wales Trophy||2019|
- "How did one Bruins defenseman get the nickname 'Cliffy Hockey'? - the Boston Globe".
- Boyd, Joshua. "Former Hitmen star Clifton makes NHL debut with Boston Bruins", United States Premier Hockey League, November 17, 2018. Accessed November 19, 2018. "Clifton, born in 1995 in Long Branch, N.J., joined the Hitmen as a 14-year-old in 2009, playing for the Hitmen's team in the former Empire Junior Hockey League (the forerunner of today's USPHL Elite Division)."
- Caldwell, Dave. "At Quinnipiac, Brothers May Add an N.C.A.A. Title to Their Bond", The New York Times, March 28, 2016. Accessed November 19, 2018. "When Tim and Connor Clifton, brothers from Matawan, N.J., decided to attend Quinnipiac University to major in mechanical engineering and play hockey together, they took one more bold step.... Tim and Connor Clifton were teammates at the perennially powerful Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, N.J., before Tim graduated and joined the Hitmen."
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- "Bruins Sign Connor Clifton To 2-Year NHL Contract". NHL.com. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
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