Wayne, NJ - The Jersey Hitmen are proud to announce that 2012 EJHL defenseman, Connor Clifton, has been called upon to don the red, white and blue for the US National Team. The 1995, defenseman, skated for the US national team this summer competing in the Five Nations Cup in Ann Arbor, MI. Clifton becomes the fourth Hitmen player in the past four seasons to get the call from the USNTDP program, joining defenseman Ryan McKiernan and forwards Colin Markison & Charles Orzetti, to compete for their country.
"Playing for the US national team this past July was an amazing experience," said Connor Clifton. "I had a great time and it was good to get a chance to play in international competition. All the players were great to me, I really enjoyed my time under coach Corkum and the staff, and look forward to representing the Hitmen organization well in Ann Arbor." Clifton went on to say, "I am grateful that the Hitmen afforded me the opportunity to play with the national team, and I would like to thank both coach Harris, Barling and Hunt for all that they have done for me over the past 2 1/2 seasons."
Clifton, the youngest player in the EJHL this season, is an up and coming defenseman. Although not an NHL draft prospect for two more seasons, Clifton has opened the eyes of a lot of NHL scouts already this season. "Connor is a beast on the ice," coach Harris commented. "He does not back down from anyone, and usually gets the best of any exchange. He has really come a long way in one season, and I look forward to continuing watch him flourish into an elite defenseman." Harris continued, "I am very excited for Connor and his family as he will be a welcomed addition to the USNTDP. Look for Connor and his brother Tim, '92 Hitmen forward, to make their college choice soon."
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