Jr. | F | Dexter, Mich.
Key Statistics: Bourbonais finished sixth on Yale’s team in scoring as a sophomore with seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points. All of those totals were career-bests, after he appeared in just 15 games and scored four goals as a freshman.
What He Does: Bourbonais describes himself as a playmaking forward who is at his best when his legs are moving and he has some jump. That’s what enables him to play a physical game and make plays in small spaces. He considers himself a playmaker, and that’s what helped him close last season with his best streak of scoring, as he had points in the Bulldogs’ last four games and six of the last seven games. Yale head coach Keith Allain said that Bourbonais has sneaky offensive skills and also plays with an edge, and that Clinton has really earned the respect of his teammates and coaching staff with the amount of work he’s done this offseason.
The Bigger Picture: Not only is Bourbonais an emerging player in the league, he’s also one of the top student-athletes. He’s a biomedical engineering major and has remained on Yale’s campus this summer to take classes and to work out. His father, Frank, worked in the medical industry and Clinton said that “he grew up in the lab” which turned into his interest in researching and producing prosthetic appendages that will work with nervous systems and allow natural movement. Bourbonais has earned league academic honors in both of his first two seasons.
Clinton Bourbonais on his and his teammates’ work ethic this summer: “There’s about eight of us here on campus this summer and we work with our strength and conditioning coach in the afternoon. We want to carry on our goal of being the hardest working team in the league.”