Here come the dives.
With warnings quietly issued over the first three months of the NHL season, players have been given a chance to clean up their acts before the league goes public with those caught diving or embellishing penalties. Once they have a second violation, though, the league hits them with a fine and goes public. Detroit’s Teemu Pulkkinen, Ottawa’s Zack Smith, and Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen have already been fined this season.
The two latest players to be fined for diving are New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham and Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers.
New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham was given a warning after a dive that took place during the Devils’ November 22nd game against the Vancouver Canucks. No diving penalty was called on the play.
He was busted again on December 30th in a game against the Ottawa Senators. Farnham’s dive came at 14:13 of the second period after a missed hipcheck from Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson. Farnham fell to the ice “like he was hit by a sniper from the crowd,” according to the broadcast team, and grabbed his leg as if he’d been injured. He was given a minor penalty for embellishment from referees Rob Martell and Dean Morton.
Down Goes Ehlers
Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers received his warning back on November 21st from a game between the Jets and Phoenix Coyotes.
His second dive came against the Detroit Red Wings on December 29th; this one resulted in his $2,000 fine. The dive happened at 5:53 of the second period, when Ehlers grabbed an opposing player’s stick and dropped to the ice. No penalties were called on the play.
Keep track of diving fines and the
officials’ on-ice embellishment calls via the
Scouting the Refs Dive Tracker