AHL bans suspended ex-Flyer Boulerice until Dec. 16

PHILADELPHIA -- Former Philadelphia Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice was ruled
ineligible to play in the American Hockey League until Dec. 16
after the NHL suspended him 25 games earlier this month.

Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Oct. 12 for
striking Vancouver's Ryan Kesler across the face with his stick,
the longest single-season ban in league history.

The Flyers then placed Boulerice on waivers on Oct. 15.

In 1998, Boulerice was suspended for one year by the Ontario
Hockey League for violent stick-swinging. He went to the AHL the
following season and was ruled ineligible until mid-November.

"In determining his eligibility date, it was taken into account
that this is the second time in his career that Mr. Boulerice has
been assigned to the AHL while under a lengthy suspension in
another league," league president David Andrews said.

Boulerice's eligibility does not affect the terms of his NHL