Matawan native Connor Clifton started his hockey career in Lincroft as a member of CBA’s skilled unit of blue liners, before turning his attention to the junior hockey ranks, where he joined the New Jersey Hitmen (2010-2012) and ultimately appeared at the USHL level with the United States National Developmental Program (2012-2013).
In his final year at the junior hockey level, Clifton made headlines when he was made a 5th round NHL Draft selection by the then named Phoenix Coyotes, before skating alongside brother Tim Clifton for four seasons (2014-2017) at Quinnipiac University, helping to lift the Bobcats to national prominence with three consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearances (2014-2016), a spot in the Frozen Four in 2016, and a career line of 56 points (19g, 37a) in 156 games.
GIF: Connor Clifton SILENCES Appleton Arena, giving QU a 2-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/BWA6gAJp0u
— QU Men's Ice Hockey (@QU_MIH) March 13, 2017
His path up the developmental ladder ultimately landed Clifton with the Providence Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins, and in particular a recent tilt with the Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida Panthers) and a heavyweight bout with former New Jersey Devils enforcer Bobby Farnham.
Check out Clifton’s scrap with the four-year NHL veteran below, and stay tuned for more on the Clifton brothers, including Tim, who is with the San Jose Barracuda, and Corey Clifton, another CBA alum who most recently logged his first career junior hockey points with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and is due to join Quinnipiac University next season.