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Eric Boulton
Eric Boulton
Left Wing
Number: 36
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 225
Shoots: Left
Born: 17 Aug 1976  (Age 38)
Birthplace: Halifax, NS, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 8, 2005
Drafted: NYR / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (234th overall)

2009-10 Season: Appeared in 62 games, earning eight points (2g, 6a) and 113 penalty minutes … Led the Thrashers in penalty minutes … Earned one assist in the first game of the season on 10/3 vs. TB … Scored his first goal of the year for his second point in as many games on 10/8 at STL … Skated in a season-high 13:12 of ice time on 10/31 at OTT … Tied his career-high for most points/assists (2a) and established a season-high with a plus-two rating on 11/30 vs. FLA … Collected his 1,000th career penalty minute on 12/12 vs. MTL … Earned a plus-five rating over a six game span from 1/5-1/16 … Tied his season-high with a plus-two rating on 1/5 at PIT … Earned three points (1g, 2a) over a five game span from 1/7-1/16 … Scored his first-career power play goal and earned a season-high 15 penalty minutes on 1/12 vs. OTT … Took a season-high four shots on goal on 1/18 at FLA … Became the franchise’s all-time penalty minute leader (passing Jeff Odgers at 532) on 3/20 vs. PHI.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Recorded 63 points (21g, 42a) and 1,063 penalty minutes in 480 NHL games with Buffalo and Atlanta … Is the Thrashers franchise leader with 552 PIM in 308 career games with the team … Earned 131 points (65g, 66a) and 1,374 penalty minutes in 319 career minor-league games in the American Hockey League, the International Hockey League and the ECHL … 2008-09: Appeared in 76 games, posting 13 points (3g,10a) and 176 penalty minutes … Named the co-winner, along with Garnet Exelby, of the Thrashers 2009 Gilner-Reeves Community Service Award … Set a career-high for games played, points and assists ... Also registered career highs in shots (71) and average ice time per game (7:32) and finished with his second-highest career total in penalty minutes (176) … Ranked sixth in the NHL in penalty minutes … Scored goals in consecutive games from 12/3-12/6 … Earned a season-high 26 penalty minutes on 1/8 at NJ … Tied career highs for points/assists with two assists on 1/20 vs. MTL … Appeared in his 400th NHL game on 3/3 vs. FLA … 2007-08: Appeared in 74 games for the Thrashers, tying his career-best in points (9), goals (4) and assists (5) … Called for a team-high 127 penalty minutes … Called for a career-high tying 29 penalty minutes on 1/18 at BUF … Tallied assists in back-to-back games from 1/30-2/1 … Earned three points (1g, 2a) in a four-game span from 1/30-2/5 … Took a career-high five shots on goal on 3/19 vs. CAR … 2006-07: Played in 45 games for the Thrashers, tallying seven points (3g, 4a) and 49 penalty minutes … Earned a career-high plus-two rating … Recorded his first goal of the season on 10/25 at CAR … Skated in a career-high 14:04 of ice time on 12/23 vs. NJ … Recorded a career-high tying two-game goal streak (2g) from 2/20-2/22 … Registered the first multiple-point game of his career with two assists on 3/12 vs. WSH … Recorded a plus-rating nine times, including a season-high plus-two on 3/12 vs. WSH … Appeared in four post-season games and led the team with 24 penalty minutes during the playoffs … 2005-06: Set a careerhigh with four goals in 51 games with the Thrashers … Finished third on the Thrashers with 87 penalty minutes … Missed six games due to suspension from 10/22-11/4 … Posted a career-best two-game point streak from 12/26-12/28 (1g,1a) … Earned three points (1g, 2a) over a three-game span from 12/26-12/30 … Played in his 200th NHL game on 1/7 at PIT … Scored two goals over a two-game span from 1/18-1/19 to tie his career-best for the longest goal streak and set a career-high for the longest goal streak … 2004-05: Recorded 39 points (23g, 16a) in 48 ECHL games with Columbia … Tied for the team lead with two goals, three assists and five points in five post-season games … Set a professional career high and was tied for second on the team in goals (23) … Ranked sixth on the team with a professional career-high 16 assists … Ranked third on the Inferno with 124 penalty minutes … 2003-04: Ranked third on the Sabres with 110 penalty minutes … Called for a season-high 16 penalty minutes on 2/16 vs. ATL … Scored his only goal of the season on 2/18 vs. FLA … 2002-03: Tallied one goal and five assists in 58 games with Buffalo … Finished seventh in the NHL with a team-best and career-high 178 penalty minutes … Set a career high with 29 penalty minutes on 10/10 at NYI … Recorded assists in consecutive games from 3/17-3/19 … 2001-02: Ranked second on Buffalo with 129 penalty minutes … Tallied his first-career game-winning goal on 11/8 vs. ATL … 2000-01: Finished third on the Sabres with 94 penalty minutes despite playing in just 35 games … Made his NHL debut on 10/5 vs. CHI … Scored his first-career NHL goal on 11/25 at MTL … Registered his first-career NHL assist on 1/5 vs. TOR … 1999-00: Recorded four points (2g, 2a) in 76 AHL games with Rochester … Led the team and ranked 11th in the league with 276 penalty minutes … Tallied three points (2g, 1a) and a team-leading 53 penalty minutes in 18 Calder Cup Playoff games … 1998-99: Split season between Kentucky (AHL) and Florida (ECHL) … Registered six points (3g, 3a) and 154 penalty minutes in 34 games with Kentucky and 22 points (9g, 13a) and 143 penalty minutes in 26 games with Florida … Earned one assist and a team-high 34 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games with Kentucky … Ranked third on Kentucky in penalty minutes (154) … Finished third on Florida in penalty minutes despite playing in only 26 games … 1997-98: Recorded 27 points (11g, 16a) in 53 games with the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) … Led the Checkers with 202 penalty minutes … Tallied one goal in four playoff games … Earned two assists in eight IHL games with Fort Wayne … 1996-97: Appeared in 23 AHL games with the Binghamton Rangers, tallying five points (2g, 3a) … Appeared in three Calder Cup Playoff games with Binghamton … Posted 25 points (14g, 11a) in 44 games with Charlotte (ECHL) … Set a franchise-record and career-high with 325 penalty minutes with the Checkers … Recorded one assist in three ECHL playoff games.

AMATEUR CAREER: Registered 72 points (28g, 44a) and 651 penalty minutes in 162 Ontario Hockey League games over three seasons with Oshawa and Sarnia.

PERSONAL: He and his wife, Ryan, have two daughters, Aidan and Reaves, and two sons, Sawyer and Ryder … His favorite hockey memory is his first NHL game … Was a fan of Mark Messier and the Edmonton Oilers growing up ... Enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time … Makes his off-season home in Atlanta.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the NY Rangers in the ninth round, 234th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft … Signed by Buffalo as a free agent on Aug. 20, 1999 … Signed by the Thrashers as a free agent on Aug. 8, 2005