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Eric Boulton
Born August 17, 1976 (1976-08-17) (age 34),

Halifax, NS, CAN

Height

Weight

6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)

Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team

F. teams

Atlanta Thrashers

Buffalo Sabres

NHL Draft 234th overall, 1994

New York Rangers

Playing career 1996–present

Eric Boulton (born August 17, 1976 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian professional hockey left winger currently playing for the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League


Playing careerEdit

Boulton was drafted in the ninth round, 234th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut playing for the Buffalo Sabres, where he played for four seasons. During the 2004 NHL Lockout, he played for the Columbia Inferno of the East Coast Hockey League. After the Lockout ended, Boulton landed in Atlanta. He was re-signed by Atlanta in 2008 to a two year deal.

2005 elbowing incidentEdit

In October 2005, Boulton was suspended for 6 games after he elbowed Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Paul Ranger causing a hairline fracture of the jaw and a concussion. The incident occurred at the end of a 6–0 rout of the Thrashers on October 20, 2005. NHL vice-president Colin Campbell said, "It is clear Mr. Boulton's actions were careless and caused injury. There is no circumstance that can justify this type of action." Only a week earlier Boulton had made a similar move in a game against Toronto, almost injuring Eric Lindros. Both Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella and Toronto coach Pat Quinn have made angry comments about Boulton's style of play. Tortorella said "no one wants to see him on the ice." As of the 2009-2010 season he has had no such incidents since his suspension.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Oshawa Generals OHL 45 4 3 7 149 5 0 0 0 16
1994–95 Oshawa Generals OHL 27 7 5 12 125
1994–95 Sarnia Sting OHL 24 3 7 10 134 4 0 1 1 10
1995–96 Sarnia Sting OHL 66 14 29 43 243 9 0 3 3 29
1996–97 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 44 14 11 25 325 3 0 1 1 6
1996–97 Binghamton Rangers AHL 23 2 3 5 67 3 0 0 0 4
1997–98 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 53 11 16 27 202 4 1 0 1 0
1997–98 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 8 0 2 2 42
1998–99 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 34 3 3 6 154 10 0 1 1 36
1998–99 Florida Everblades ECHL 26 9 13 22 143
1998–99 Houston Aeros IHL 7 1 0 1 41
1999–00 Rochester Americans AHL 76 2 2 4 276 18 2 1 3 53
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 1 2 3 94
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 2 3 5 129
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 58 1 5 6 178
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 1 2 3 110
2004–05 Columbia Inferno ECHL 48 23 16 39 124 4 2 3 5 8
2005–06 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 51 4 5 9 87
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 45 3 4 7 49 4 0 0 0 24
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 74 4 5 9 127
2008–09 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 76 3 10 13 176
2009–10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 62 2 6 8 113
NHL totals 480 21 42 63 1063 4 0 0 0 24

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