Boulerice facing suspension
Philadelphia Flyers tough guy Jesse Boulerice expects to receive a lengthy suspension after taking a match penalty for cross-checking Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler in the head Wednesday night.Bob McKenzie has his thoughts here.
Ugly. Someone at some point is going to get horribly, irreparably injured in one of these incidents.
And there's a history, albeit not a recent one, for Boulerice. From the New York Times archives (July 15, 1998):
A Flyers prospect pleaded not guilty yesterday in Plymouth, Mich., to a charge that he took a baseball swing with his hockey stick and left an opponent unconscious and convulsing.UPDATE Well, this is the hot topic of the day. No one else is going to say it, so I'll put it out there: The one good thing you can say about Jesse Boulerice is that at least he admitted to, and owned, his mistake immediately afterwards.
Jesse Boulerice, a 19-year-old draft choice from New York, was charged last week with assault to do great bodily harm less than murder to Andrew Long of the Guelph Storm during an Ontario Hockey League finals game in April.
The felony carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
The league ends up with an even bigger black eye when players try and deny culpability when they do things like this, as is almost always the case.