Atlanta Re-Signs Former ECHL Forward Boulton

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League announced that they have re-signed former ECHL forward Eric Boulton.

The Gwinnett Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Thrashers of the NHL and the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

The 30 year old had seven points (3g-4a) and 49 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games for Atlanta in 2006-07 and also played in four games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Thrashers.

Selected by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (234th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Boulton began his professional career in 1996-97 with Charlotte and had 25 points (11g-14a) and 325 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games and one assist in three games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

He returned to Charlotte in 1997-98 and had 27 points (11g-16a) and 202 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games and one goal in four games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Boulton played for Columbia during the NHL Lockout in 2004-05 and had 39 points (23g-16a) and 124 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games and five points (2g-3a) and eight penalty minutes in four games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the Inferno.

The 6-foot-1 and 220-pound left wing set career highs with four goals and nine points in 51 games while ranking third on the Thrashers with 87 penalty minutes in 2005-06.

He has 33 points (12g-21a) and 598 penalty minutes in 268 career NHL games over six seasons with Buffalo and Atlanta.