New York Islanders
New York Islanders
Eric Boulton
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 08/17/1976
AGE: 40
DRAFTED: NYR: 1994-234 overall
Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 2, 2012. Agreed to a one-year contract extension on May 17, 2013. Agreed to a one-year contract extension on March 23, 2014.


Selected by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (234th overall) of the 1994 National Hockey League Entry Draft. Signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Sabres on September 14, 1999. Signed as a free agent during the lockout by the Columbia Inferno (ECHL) on November 24, 2004. Signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Thrashers on August 8, 2005. Signed as a free agent by the New Jersey Devils on July 15, 2011.

Scored four points (2g/2a) in 23 games during his second season with the Islanders...Finished third on the team in penalty minutes with 88, including eight major penalties...Scored all four points in his first eight games...Recorded his first point (assist) as an Islander on Oct. 15 vs. Buffalo...Recorded his first goal as an Islander on Nov. 23 at Philadelphia...Suffered a hand injury on Mar. 4 at Winnipeg and missed the final 18 games of the season.


2012-13: Appeared in 15 games during his first season with the Islanders...Finished fourth on the team in penalty minutes (36), including four major penalties...Recorded his 1300th NHL penalty minute on Apr. 26 at Buffalo.  2011-12: Played in 51 games during his first season with the New Jersey Devils...Finished second on the team with 115 penalty minutes. Total includes 15 minors, nine majors and four misconducts...Missed 14 games (Oct. 22 - Nov. 21) with a hand injury...Assigned to the Albany Devils (American Hockey League) on a conditioning assignment on Nov. 22 (two games)...Recalled from Albany on Nov. 28 and returned to the lineup on Nov. 30 at Colorado...Was placed on waivers on Feb. 25 and cleared on Feb. 27...Made a season-high 14 straight appearances from Feb. 27 - Mar. 23...Played in his 600th career game on Apr. 5 at Detroit.  2010-11: Appeared in 69 games during his sixth and final season with the Atlanta Thrashers, including a career-high 46 straight appearances from Oct. 22 - Jan. 26…Finished the season fourth on Atlanta’s all-time games-played list (377)...Scored a career-high six goals…Recorded his first career hat trick/multiple-goal/three-point game on Dec. 18 vs. New Jersey…Appeared in his 500th career NHL contest on Dec. 2 at Pittsburgh…Finished with a plus-1 mark; was “even” or “plus” in 29 consecutive appearances from Oct. 22 - Dec. 20 (+10)…Missed two games from Mar. 24-25 with a facial injury.  2009-10: Played in 62 games during his fifth season in Atlanta, including a season-high 20 straight appearances from Oct. 3 - Nov. 22…Led the team for the third straight season with 113 penalty minutes…Notched his first career power-play goal on Jan. 12 vs. Ottawa…Collected his only multiple-point game of the season with two assists on Nov. 30 vs. Florida…Surpassed the 1,000 career penalty-minute mark with a fighting major on Dec. 12 vs. Montreal…Became Atlanta’s all-time penalty minutes leader with a five-minute major on Mar. 20 vs. Philadelphia.  2008-09: Established career highs in games played (76), assists (10) and points (13) during his eighth NHL season and fourth with Atlanta...Led the team and finished sixth in the NHL with 176 penalty minutes, the second-highest total of his NHL career (178 in ’02-03)…Established a career high with 71 shots on goal…Named the co-winner, along with Garnet Exelby, of the Thrashers’ Gilner-Reeves Community Service Award…Posted one multiple-point game (2a) on Jan. 20 vs. Montreal...Appeared in his 400th career NHL game on Mar. 3 vs. Florida.  2007-08: Scored nine points (4g/5a) in 74 games during his third season in Atlanta...Led Atlanta with 127 penalty minutes...Missed four games from Jan. 4-10 with a knee injury...Matched his career high for penalty minutes in a game with 29 on Jan. 18 at Buffalo.  2006-07: Played in 45 games during his sixth NHL season and second in Atlanta...Scored seven points (3g/4a), including his first career multiple-point game (2a) on Mar. 12 vs. Washington...Recorded a career-high plus-2 rating.  2005-06: Saw action in 51 games during his first season in Atlanta and fifth NHL campaign...Posted a season-high 17 straight appearances from Dec. 22 - Jan. 26…Recorded nine points (4g/5a)…Posted points in back-to-back games three times…Played in his 200th career NHL game on Jan. 7 at Pittsburgh…Finished third on the team with 87 penalty minutes…Missed six games from Oct. 22 - Nov. 4 due to a suspension for an elbowing major/game misconduct on Oct. 20 vs. Tampa Bay.  2004-05: Spent the lockout season in the ECHL, appearing in 48 games with the Columbia Inferno…Recorded 39 points (23g/16a) en route to an Eastern Division Championship...Finished second on the team in goals…Added five points (2g/3a) in four playoff contests in a first-round loss.  2003-04: Appeared in 44 contests during his fourth and final season with Buffalo...Ranked third on the team with 110 penalty minutes…Made his season debut on Oct. 30 vs. Toronto after missing 10 games with a thumb injury suffered on Sept. 16...Missed two contests on Jan. 27-30 with a shoulder injury.  2002-03: Played in 58 games, his most with Buffalo, during his third NHL campaign...Led the team and finished seventh in the league with a career-high 178 penalty minutes, including six games with 10-plus…Posted a career-high 29 penalty minutes (since tied) in the season-opener on Oct. 10 vs. NY Islanders…Notched his lone goal of the campaign on Feb. 21 vs. Los Angeles…Closed out the season by appearing in 17 straight games from Mar. 6 - Apr. 6...Recorded all six points (1g/5a) over a 21-game stretch from Feb. 21 - Apr. 5.  2001-02: Scored five points (2g/3a) in 35 games during his second NHL season with Buffalo...Scored his first-career game-winning goal on Nov. 8 vs. Atlanta…Posted assists in back-to-back games on Mar. 17-19 (2a)…Finished second on Buffalo with 129 penalty minutes.  2000-01: Made his NHL debut with Buffalo, appearing in 35 games and finishing third on the squad with 94 penalty minutes...Played in his first NHL game on Oct. 5 vs. Chicago...Scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 25 at Montreal.  1999-00: Spent his first season in the Sabres organization with the Rochester Americans (AHL)...Posted four points (2g/2a)... Led the team and finished 11th in the league with 276 penalty minutes…Added three postseason points (2g/1a) and a team-leading 53 penalty minutes en-route to a Western Conference Championship.  1998-99: Split his third professional season between three teams/leagues: the Kentucky Thoroughblades (AHL, 34 games), the Florida Everblades (ECHL, 26) and the Houston Aeros (IHL, 7)…Finished third in penalty minutes on both Kentucky (154) and Florida (143).  1997-98: Saw action with both the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL, 53 games) and Fort Wayne Komets (IHL, 8)…Led Charlotte with 202 penalty minutes...Completed Charlotte career as team’s all-time leader with 527 penalty minutes.  1996-97: Appeared in 23 games with the Binghamton Rangers (AHL), as well as 44 games with Charlotte (ECHL) during his first professional season…Set a Checkers record with 325 penalty minutes.

2007: Made his NHL playoff debut with Atlanta, appearing in four games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NY Rangers...Led the team with 24 penalty minutes.

Collected 72 points (28g/44a) and 651 penalty minutes in 162 games over three seasons with the Oshawa Generals and Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.