Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway has been fined $2,000 for Diving/Embellishment.
Hathaway was initially issued a warning after an incident against the New York Rangers on February 24, when he drew a holding penalty from Julien Gauthier.
His second infraction, which resulted in the fine, came against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 18. Hathaway drew an interference penalty call on the Canes’ Vincent Trocheck.
He was not given a diving/embellishment penalty on either play.
Hathaway is the third player to be fined for diving/embellishment this season. Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo and Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs both received $2,000 fines earlier this season.
Diving/Embellishment is covered by Rule 64:
Any player who blatantly dives, embellishes a fall or a reaction, or who feigns an injury shall be penalized with a minor penalty under this rule.
A goalkeeper who deliberately initiates contact with an attacking player other than to establish position in the crease, or who otherwise acts to create the appearance of other than incidental contact with an attacking player, is subject to the assessment of a minor penalty for diving / embellishment.
From the NHL memorandum issued prior to the start of the 2015-16 season:
NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:
* For head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.
Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.