October 24, 2005

Thrashers Boulton handed six-game ban for elbowing Ranger

TORONTO (Reuters) - Eric Boulton of the Atlanta Thrashers
received the longest ban of the season so far on Monday, when
he was handed a six-game suspension for elbowing Paul Ranger of
the Tampa Bay Lightning in the head.

The forward has already served the first game of his
suspension, which is without pay. He will forfeit $15,306 in
salary, according to the league.

Boulton received a major penalty and a game misconduct for
the elbow on Ranger, which came late in the third period of
last Thursday's 6-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

Ranger sustained a hairline fracture of the jaw and a
concussion as a result of the incident.

The money from Boulton's fine goes to the Players'
Emergency Assistance Fund. He is eligible to return November 5.