Liam McLinskey of Don Bosco Prep is The HockeyClan Boys State Player for the Month for January

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A four-year letterman for Don Bosco Prep, Liam McLinksey played a big role as part of a supporting cast guiding the Ironmen to back-to-back NJSIAA finals. Now in the midst of a tremendous senior season, McLinskey has taken on a larger role — both on the ice and in the locker room — as team captain and relished the opportunity.

With eight goals and 18 assists in nine games this past month for Don Bosco Prep (20-1), No. 1 in The Hockey Night in Boston Top 10, the Quinnipiac-bound playmaker is HockeyClan’s State Player of the Month for January.

“Liam has had a phenomenal year — clearly,” Don Bosco Prep head coach Greg Toskos said. “His pathway to his senior year was a lot different than some of our other guys. He’s been a role player in the past but really accepted leadership this year. We talked over the summer about this now being ‘his time.’ It was his brother’s time two years ago, now it’s Liam’s time to be one of the leaders, which he’s embraced.”

(Dave Rubel NJSportsMedia)

Incredibly consistent throughout his career, McLinskey hit the 50-point plateau while eclipsing 100-career points in a 7-2 win over Pope John at The Ice Vault on Feb. 1. With both milestones coming on Hunter McGee-goals, the premier pivot has a team-leading 35 assists to go along with 22 goals and 57 points this season. All told, the Pearl River N.Y. native and New Jersey Hitmen standout has 45 goals and 63 assists for 108-career points.

“If you look at the way Liam plays — he’s a complete player — almost equal distribution goals and assists,” Toskos said. “He can beat beat you both ways. He’s tall, physical, lanky, has great hands and a long stick which makes him difficult to defend. Excited where Liam is today and I know he wants a lot more.”

Highlights this past month for McLinksey include four-point games against Ramsey and Bergen Catholic, and a goal and two assist performances in wins over Delbarton and Christian Brothers.

(Dave Rubel NJSportsMedia)

“The 3-0 win over Delby was huge — the whole team, goalie on down played well,” McLinksey said. “Then the rematch against CBA, we knew we had to come ready. The first time we played them we kind of took them lightly so it was nice to get back at ’em with a nice win. We really played well that game — one of our better games this season.

“Two more regular season games left then playoffs,” McLinskey said. ” Gordon Cup and State Playoffs — we got to win ’em.”

Related: Matt Schoer of Pope John is HockeyClan State Player of the Month for December

Related: Two Goals 15 Seconds Apart Lift Don Bosco Past Delbarton

Related: Don Bosco Prep Captured Bergen County Tournament Title

Don Bosco Prep, 2019 Bergen County Tournament Champions. (HockeyClan)
With eight goals and 18 assists in nine January games, Liam McLinskey of Don Bosco Prep is HockeyClan’s State Player of the Month. (Dave Rubel NJSportsMedia)
Don Bosco Prep accepts Bergen County title from Cory Robinson at The Ice Vault on Jan. 23 in Wayne. (HockeyClan)
(Mark Carosiello SnapThePicture6)
(Dave Rubel NJSportsMedia)

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C.J. Duffy of Westfield is the HockeyClan State Player of the Month for Jan.

Mickey Burns of Don Bosco Prep is the HockeyClan State Player of the Month for Dec.

 

 

Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS 

Special to HockeyClan

 

Main Image: Liam McLinskey in action against St. Joseph of Metuchen at Prudential Center in Newark on Jan. 6, 2019. (Dave Rubel NJSportsMedia)

 

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