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AHL goes along with ban of suspended Flyers forward Boulerice

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -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.

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 suspension.

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