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Eric Boulton

Born:Aug 17, 1976Draft: 1994 Rangers, 234th Overall
Hometown:Halifax, Nova ScotiaPosition:Left Wing
Known For:654 Career NHL GamesShoots:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Retired

Eric Boulton (born August 17, 1976) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the New York Islanders during the 2015-16 season. Drafted by the New York Rangers 234th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Boulton would make his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2000-01 season. Boulton would spend four seasons with the Sabres, moving on to the Atlanta Thrashers for six seasons following the 2004 NHL lockout. Boulton signed with the New Jersey Devils for the 2011-12 season, however this stint would only last 51 games leading up to the Devils buying out the remainder of his contract. He would get a chance to redeem himself as a member of the Islanders and following the 2012-13 season, Boulton was signed to a three-year contract. He would complete to full three-year term before retiring after the 2016-17 season, where he played just two games with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Boulton was part of the breed of hockey player that would stand up for teammates and drop the gloves whenever called upon, however his style got him into some trouble during his tenure. On October 20, 2005, Boulton was involved in an incident involving Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Paul Ranger. Boulton delivered an elbow to the Lightning forward, resulting in Ranger suffering a hairline fracture to his jaw and a concussion. Boulton was suspended for six games. With the Thrashers now defunct, Boulton’s 639 career penalty minutes with the franchise sets him as the all-time leader in that category.

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