TEAMS EXCHANGE MINOR LEAGUE PROSPECTS
RALEIGH, NC (Feb. 13, 2002) – Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have acquired minor league right wing Jesse Boulerice from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for center Greg Koehler. Boulerice will now play for the Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate in Lowell, Mass.
“Jesse will add some toughness immediately for Lowell,” said Karmanos. “He is still a young player who has a chance to play a role at the NHL level as well.”
Boulerice, 23, is currently in his fourth season with the Flyers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate Philadelphia Phantoms. The Flyers’ fourth choice in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Boulerice has seven points (2g, 5a) and 204 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Phantoms this season. Boulerice (6’2’’, 203 lbs.) has 24 points (9g, 15a) and 627 penalty minutes in 165 career AHL games. The Plattsburgh, NY native has also played 37 career games in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), totaling 17 points (8g, 9a) and 128 penalty minutes.
Koehler, 26, is in his fifth professional season. He has 36 points (18g, 18a) and 58 penalty minutes in 56 games with Lowell this season Koehler totaled 136 points (69g, 67a) and 368 penalty minutes in 239 career games with Carolina’s top minor league affiliates in New Haven (AHL), Cincinnati (International Hockey League) and Lowell. He also played 29 games with Florida of the ECHL, totaling 27 points (13g, 14a) and 62 penalty minutes. Koehler will become a Group Six unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.