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Flyers' Boulerice suspended for 25 games

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TORONTO – Philadelphia Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice has been suspended for 25 games, without pay, for delivering a cross-check to the face of Canucks’ forward Ryan Kesler during NHL Game #50 in Vancouver on October 10.

The incident occurred at 11:39 of the third period.  Kesler received facial injuries on the play. Boulerice was assessed a match penalty under Rule 21 for deliberate injury of an opponent.
 
“This was more than a careless and reckless play – it was senseless,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.  “This was a deliberate cross-check to the face where Jesse Boulerice broke the shaft of his stick on Ryan Kesler’s jaw.  Boulerice went out of his way to deliver the cross-check and we will not tolerate this kind of conduct”.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Boulerice will forfeit $63,502.75.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
   
Boulerice will be eligible to return on December 13 at Montreal.
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