The following article was posted on www.app.com on Friday, June 21 featuring former Quinnipiac University standout Connor Clifton.
By Daniel LoGiudice.
Connor Clifton may not have been a big name entering the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final, but the 24-year-old Boston Bruins rookie made ''Cliffy Hockey'' into a household name by the end of the series.
Clifton, a former Christian Brothers Academy star from Matawan, escaped obscurity with clutch play in the Stanley Cup Final, a series that the Bruins lost 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues. With the Bruins trailing 2-0 in Game 1, the defenseman took a feed from Sean Kuraly and deflected the puck off his skate and into the back of the net, sparking a four-goal rally.
Clifton also drew a cross-checking penalty later in the game, which set up Charlie McAvoy’s game-winning goal in the second period.
That clutch play and ability to come up in huge spots despite his inexperience in such contests cemented Clifton's moniker, "Cliffy Hockey."
"He’s got a little bit of that – you call it, Cliffy Hockey," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told Boston.com. “He just plays. He plays on instinct, and right now his instincts are good to him.”
A long shot for playing time to start the season, Clifton emerged in the playoffs as a legitimate threat. He scored his first ever NHL goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
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