Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey Freshman Connor Clifton On U.S. Junior Camp Roster
Quinnipiac men's ice hockey incoming freshman Connor Clifton (Matawan, N.J.) made the roster for the final week of the 2013 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
Clifton is one of 31 remaining players that advanced from the initial list of 44 players invited to Lake Placid, N.Y. for the camp. The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, in Malmo, Sweden.
The trimmed Team USA roster will play Sweden on Wednesday (Aug. 7), Finland on Thursday (Aug. 8) and Canada on Saturday (Aug. 10). All games are being played at the Olympic Center's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena.
Clifton was selected in the 2013 NHL Draft, held earlier this summer, in the fifth round by the Phoenix Coyotes. He previously played for the prestigious U.S. National Developmental Team, where in 25 games with Team USA in 2012-13, Clifton scored three goals while assisting on six more and posting a +11. Clifton joined Team USA after playing for the Jersey Hitmen of the Eastern Junior Hockey Leauge (EJHL). He also suited up for Team USA in the World U-18 Tournament where his lone goal came in the United States' final game against Canada. Clifton will join the Bobcats with his older brother, Tim.
A United States Hockey League All-League Second Team selection in 2012-13, Quenneville joins Quinnipiac after ranking among the USHL's goals and points leaders while a member of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Quenneville ranked fifth in the league with 33 goals and eighth in total points with 70, while his 37 assists ranked 14th. Additionally, he was one of just five players in the USHL with 30 goals and 30 assists. In 63 games last season with Dubuque, Quenneville had six multiple-goal games and 19 multiple-point games. Additionally, Dubuque was 23-3-0 in games in which Quenneville scored a goal. In nine postseason games, Quenneville had six goals and three assists. Prior to suiting up for Dubuque, Quenneville played two seasons for the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2010-11 and 2011-12. In 2011-12, he was named the AJHL Most Valuable Player after he scored 31 goals and assists on 50 more for 80 points in 53 games, finishing as the third highest scorer in the AJHL.