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by David Lee on 01/07/11 at 08:59 PM ET
During Wednesday’s AHL game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baby Penguins and the Charlotte Checkers, Pens forward and former Hurricane Jesse Boulerice was given a 10-minute misconduct for “abuse of officials” and has subsequently been suspended for 10 games. Add this to a long list of stupid plays and senseless violence exhibited in his sorry career. He was once banned for an entire season from the Ontario Hockey League after a stick-swinging incident. He was suspended for 25 NHL games when he brutally cross-checked Ryan Kesler in 2007. Now he’s proving that he can get himself suspended at any level.
Although I heard a couple of different accounts about what happened in Charlotte, the official report indicates that Boulerice was arguing with an on-ice official about a no-call, and he ended up bumping the official. He was deemed to have “deliberately applied physical force to an official without intent to injure”, and that offense has a mandatory 10-game ban as dictated by AHL rule 40.3.
Boulerice, whose skill set is limited to pugilism (and even that’s debatable) is no stranger to Carolina Hurricanes fans. He spent a couple of seasons on the big team in Raleigh, getting almost as many penalty minutes as ice minutes. Unlike some players whose station is to be the tough guy, Boulerice never enjoyed any popularity in Caniac nation. I never wanted anything to do with him, and I’ve heard countless stories of fans at STH events refusing to let him autograph their stuff when the rest of the team did. He’s one of a small handful of Canes players that Caniacs would like to forget. Still, it gives great joy to recall the day when he was one-punched by Aaron Downey. I enjoy any excuse to view and share this video, from the game between Carolina and the Dallas Stars on February 11, 2003.
Coming out of the lockout, Carolina adapted their roster to play to the new rules. There were more skilled players than they’d ever had before, and there just wasn’t any room for a worthless player like Boulerice. The Canes were much happier with Craig Adams as the fourth line tough guy. Not only was he willing to sully his hands and be the tough guy, but he also had offensive skills. CrAdams knew when was a good time and when was not a good time to fight. He knew , more often than not, that he would hurt his team by going to the box for five minutes. He was also very well-liked by the fans, and he still is.
Boulerice was part of the multi-player trade that brought Dougie Weight from St;. Louis in January of 2006. Since then, he has moved around a lot, spending the majority of his time in the American league.
I haven’t seen any video of the incident, but I don’t need to. Boulerice is a bum.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.