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Embellishment chief concern at NHL rule enforcement meeting

A list of the league's worst divers could appear in dressing rooms across the NHL soon. (STUART...

A list of the league's worst divers could appear in dressing rooms across the NHL soon. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

The names of the NHL’s worst cheats could soon be prominently displayed in dressing rooms across the league.

During meetings involving players and referees this week in Toronto to discuss a number of NHL rules, the conversation turned to the league’s embellishment rule, which the players want more strictly enforced, according to NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell.

"They want to get (the list) out there," Campbell told NHL.com. "They want the (divers) to be caught, whether it's on the ice by the referee or by us on video.”

In order to cut down on embellishment across the league, some players want a roster of hockey's worst divers in all 30 NHL arenas for everyone to see. 

Players at the meetings included Senators centre Jason Spezza, Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa and Maple Leafs defenceman John-Michael Liles, who offered input during a video session at Wednesday’s rule enforcement meeting.

“(The players) are all tired of diving,” Campbell continued. “The object is to make them stop eventually and, by doing that, they can get it out there around the league, embarrass them. The referees will know it, too, so the divers don't get the benefit of the doubt."

According to section 64.1-64.3, a player who blatantly dives or embellishes a fall or a reaction can be penalized with a minor penalty. Regardless of whether in-game officials spot it, the league can review game tape and assess penalties and fines after the fact.

After receiving a warning letter for an initial infringement, a player’s second infraction will result in a $1,000 fine, according to the NHL rulebook.

A third infraction will result in a one-game suspension with the ban doubling for every instance thereafter.

 


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