AHL suspends Jesse Boulerice 10 games for applying “physical force” to official

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The American Hockey League suspended Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Jesse Boulerice 10 games for making contact with referee Francis Charron during a game this week.

Boulerice was given a misconduct for abuse of officials in the third period of Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout win over Charlotte.

Upset over a non-call after the stick was slashed out of his hands, Boulerice argued vehemently with Charron and later collided with him during play.

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The AHL, announcing the decision Friday, said “Boulerice was determined to have deliberately applied physical force to an official without intent to injure.” That carries a 10-game suspension.

Boulerice will be eligible to return to the Penguins lineup on Jan. 28.