RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have agreed to terms with right wing Jesse Boulerice, who played in the ECHL with New Orleans and Trenton.
The Florida Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Hurricanes and of Lowell of the American Hockey League.
In his first professional season in 1998-99, Boulerice had one assist and 38 penalty minutes in 12 games with New Orleans and three points (1g-2a) and 82 penalty minutes in 24 regular season games with Philadelphia of the American Hockey League. The 6-2 and 218-pound Boulerice returned to the ECHL in 1999-2000 and had 16 points (8g-8a) and 90 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games with Trenton. He also played with Philadelphia in the AHL and had seven points (3g-4a) and 85 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games and two assists and four penalty minutes in four playoff games.
In 2003-04 with Carolina, the 27-year-old Boulerice posted career highs with six goals, seven points, 127 penalty minutes and 76 games. He led the Hurricanes in penalty minutes and was one of 10 Carolina players to play in more than 75 regular season games. In the final two games of the season, the native of Plattsburgh, N.Y. had three goals, including his first multiple-goal game on April 2 against the New York Islanders.
Selected in the fifth round (133rd overall) by Philadelphia in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Boulerice was acquired from Philadelphia on February 13, 2002 for forward Greg Koehler. Boulerice made his NHL debut in 2001-02 appearing in three games with Philadelphia. In 127 NHL games, 124 with Carolina, Boulerice has 10 points (8g-2a) and 240 penalty minutes.