LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- While he didn't do anything that showed up on the score sheet, defenseman Connor Clifton, a 2013 fifth-round pick (No. 133) of the Phoenix Coyotes, certainly made his presence known for USA White in Sunday’s game against Sweden.
Clifton was a strong presence in the defensive zone, blocking shots, being physical and having a smart stick in the passing lanes.
"The big thing I noticed about Connor was his work ethic," USA White defenseman Patrick Sieloff told NHL.com. "He's a guy that's going to get in your face. He likes to make that hit if it's there. He's going to be an agitator. He keeps it simple but he's got that mean streak to him."