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Bruins’ Jim Montgomery reveals new nickname for Connor Clifton

Bruins’ Jim Montgomery reveals new nickname for Connor Clifton

Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton already has a nickname in “hockey Cliffy” that suits him well.

But first-year Bruins coach Jim Montgomery has referred to the fifth-year pro, who is currently enjoying a season of restlike something else recently.

“Kenny Rogers, that’s my new nickname for him,” Montgomery told reporters with a smile after Wednesday’s practice, via video provided by the team. “He knows when to take them, when to fold them. Not all the time. He doesn’t want to fold very often.”

Clifton’s total game in all areas and the physical nature brings to the ice even though he’s 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds has paid dividends this season. Through 16 games, Clifton has already matched his career high with two goals, while also adding six assists to give him eight points, which is just two shy of his career best.

Bruins’ Jim Montgomery reveals new nickname for Connor Clifton

Part of Clifton’s emergence has come in part because he was a natural fit in Montgomery’s system.

“I’ve always liked him as a player because he’s a hockey player,” Montgomery said. “Because he goes out and tries to make things happen. … With him, we try to play an aggressive style of hockey, both defensively and offensively, it leans toward his personality.”

Even with Clifton’s aggressiveness, Montgomery said he shouldn’t pick on him and made another joke about Clifton’s optimism.





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