There has been a positive spin-off to Clare's participation in last November's Fenway Classic, according to John Conlon.
The Banner County have two wins from as many Allianz HL Division 1 outings under their belt and the Clonlara clubman believes the seeds for their promising start to the season were sown on the Boston trip.
"I think Boston was a big thing for us," he told The Irish Daily Star.
"You often go to training. You don't get to socialise and meet and find out a lot about lads. Four or five days was great.
"Like, meeting lads going for breakfast and dinner, and socializing and talking to lads and getting to know different little things about them. Often you got to training and lads rush in from work and you don't really get to see them and build that little bit of a bond with them.
"Since that, training has been very good, and in fairness to the management they've kept up trying to do little activities to keep us socialising and engaging with each other.
"It's really helped and I think that we have that real good bond off the field, that you are going to die for each other on the field as well."