Last week, the wife of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tough guy Jesse Boulerice announced that he had retired from professional hockey. Boulerice’s retirement had been speculated about for the better part of the summer and was confirmed on Thursday on the WBS Penguins official Facebook page.
“You may all know my husband, Jesse Boulerice,” read a post written by Jacqueline Boulerice. “He has retired and we are settled into our home, and he is in the working world now…thank you all, and we will for sure miss being in WBS this year.”
Boulerice’s career spanned 13 seasons, most of which was spent bouncing between the AHL and the NHL. He played for several different organizations, including the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers and the Penguins.
He set his career high in points this year as a member of the WBS Penguins, as he had 11 points. His career penalty minutes high was set in 2000-01, when he posted 256 penalty minutes with the now-defunct Philadelphia Phantoms.
Boulerice gained a reputation for notoriety early in the 2007-08 season as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. In an October game, he cross-checked Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler in the face and received a 25-game suspension, the second longest in modern NHL history.
Boulerice spent the last two seasons of his career in Wilkes-Barre. He had seven points and 124 penalty minutes in the 2009-10 season. In addition to his 11-point season this year, he also had 147 penalty minutes.