Eric Boulton (born August 17, 1976) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger. Boulton was drafted 234th overall in the ninth round of the 1994 draft by the New York Rangers. While he never played for the Rangers, he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.
Boulton with the Atlanta Thrashers in April 2010
August 17, 1976|
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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|Weight||225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
234th overall, 1994|
New York Rangers
Boulton was drafted in the ninth round, 234th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1994 draft of the National Hockey League (NHL). Despite being drafted by the Rangers, he would eventually make 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 ECHL. After the Lockout ended, Boulton began playing with the Atlanta Thrashers.
In October 2005, Boulton was suspended for six games after elbowing 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 the Toronto Maple Leafs, almost injuring Eric Lindros.
Boulton was re-signed by the Thrashers in 2008 to a two-year deal. He recorded his first career hat trick on December 18, 2010, against the New Jersey Devils. He then signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Devils for a 2-year contract worth $575,000 in the first year and $750,000 in the second, joining former Thrashers teammates Ilya Kovalchuk and Johan Hedberg. After a dismal season in which the Devils did not record a single goal for with Boulton on the ice, Boulton was bought out of the final year of his contract on June 30, 2012. The next day, Boulton proceeded to sign a one-year deal with the New York Islanders. He re-signed with the Islanders for the next three consecutive seasons as well, all on one-year deals. Boulton is the Thrashers' all-time leader in penalty minutes.
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- "NHL suspends Boulton six games for Elbow hit". ESPN. October 25, 2005. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- Vorkunov, Mike (July 15, 2011). "Adam Larsson, Devils' top pick, finally inks deal with team". NJ.com. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
- "Eric Boulton re-signs with New York Islanders for one year". National Hockey League. May 17, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "Islanders, Boulton Agree On 1-Year, 2-Way Contract". July 22, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
- "Eric Boulton now a scout". Twitter. September 29, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: