Quinnipiac men's ice hockey freshman Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) has been named as one of the 42 players invited to the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp on Aug. 2-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The players will audition for spots on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2014-Jan. 5, 2015, in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.The camp will be held at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The U.S. players will practice and compete in international games against Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.
Clifton completed his first season at Quinnipiac this past year, appearing in 36 games while totaling five goals and four assists for nine points. Clifton's five goals were the most for a Quinnipiac defenseman this past season. He also was second in the Bobcats' line-up in plus/minus at +17.
Clifton's first career goal came in a 4-1 win against Alaska Fairbanks on Oct. 12 before also scoring in a 3-1 win at nationally-ranked No. 1 UMass Lowell on Oct. 18. Clifton also scored in a 3-0 win against Brown on Nov. 8 and a 4-0 win at Yale on Feb. 14. He also scored against Yale in the Bobcats' 6-2 win against the Bulldogs in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals on Mar. 14.
Clifton was chosen in the 5th Round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He is the first Quinnipiac freshman to have joined the Bobcats directly from the prestigious U.S. National Developmental Team. In 25 games with Team USA in 2012-13, Clifton scored three goals while assisting on six more while also posting a +11. He suited up for Team USA after playing for the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey Leauge (EJHL). Prior to his time with the Hitmen, he also played for Team USA in the World U-18 Tournament where his lone goal came in the United States' final game against Canada.