Dud For Life: Part II – Jesse Boulerice

Boulerice check KeslerBy now, this should be a no brainer.

During Wednesday’s game between the Flyers and the Canucks, Philadelphia tough guy Boulerice deliberately cross-checked Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler in the face.

The 29-year-old enforcer was given a match penalty and a game misconduct, which means he faces an automatic review by the NHL. There is no doubt that Boulerice will receive a suspension, and it should be a lengthy one.

I didn’t see him coming and he just took my head off,” said Kesler. “I think he has a reputation of doing that, so we’ll see what happens.

The Vancouver forward was lucky to have only suffered swelling on his lips and jaw, which has subsided, and he is scheduled to play Friday. It was definitely not a pretty incident.

Fool Factor: Boulerice did everything the league was trying to prevent. Not long after teammate Steve Downie made headlines with his infamous hit and suspension, Boulerice does one step worse. A stick infraction to the head is not his first one either, as he nearly ended the life of a fellow OHL opponent a decade ago.

Boulerice has been in this situation before, so in other words he’s a repeat offender, and there should be no hesitation by the league disciplinary to send an even bigger message to players. This Flyer crossed the line big time, and he should serve big time for his actions.

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One Response

  1. I don’t think the decade-old thing should count for much, honestly. But I also think that the suspension was adequate. I also elaborated further by recapping the recent violence here.

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