ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers announced that they have signed left wing Eric Boulton, who played in 2004-05 with the Columbia Inferno of the ECHL. The Gwinnett Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of Atlanta and Chicago of the American Hockey League.
He has 17 points (5g-12a) and 511 penalty minutes in 172 NHL games with Buffalo from 2000-04. Signed by the Sabres as a free agent on September 14, 1999, Boulton set NHL career highs in 2002-03 with five assists, six points, 178 penalty minutes and 58 games with Buffalo in 2002-03.
The 28-year-old Boulton 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 Kelly Cup Playoff games with the Inferno. He set professional career highs for goals and points while tying for second on the team in goals, sixth on the club in points and ranking third in penalty minutes.
Boulton began his professional career with Charlotte, scoring 25 points (11g-14a) with 325 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games for the Checkers in 1996-97. Selected by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (234th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Boulton also had an assist in three playoff games for Charlotte while also playing in the American Hockey League with Binghamton, scoring five points (2g-3a) with 67 penalty minutes in 23 regular season games and four penalty minutes in three playoff games.
Boulton returned to Charlotte in 1997-98, scoring 27 points (11g-16a) with 202 penalty minutes in 53 regular season games and one goal in four playoff games.