Philadelphia Flyers forward Jesse Boulerice received a 25-game suspension, without pay, for cross-checking
The vicious hit occurred late in the third period of the Flyers' 8-2 win on Wednesday night, and Boulerice was handed a match penalty for deliberate injury of an opponent.
"This was more than a careless and reckless play - it was senseless," said NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell. "This was a deliberate cross-check to the face where Jesse Boulerice broke the shaft of his stick on Ryan Kesler's jaw. Boulerice went out of his way to deliver the cross-check and we will not tolerate this kind of conduct."
Boulerice's actions will cost him $63,502.75. He will not be eligible to return until December 13.
Boulerice is the second Flyer this season to be disciplined by the league for a violent on-ice act. Last month, Steve Downie was suspended 20 games for leaving his feet to deliver a dangerous check on
This, however, was not Boulerice's first stick-wielding incident. On