The NHL’s Colin Campbell mentioned earlier this week that the league would be giving out its first diving fine of the season.
That player is Teemu Pulkkinen of the Detroit Red Wings, the league announced on Friday.
Pulkkinen is the recipient of a $2,000 fine for taking a dive on a play where he stick was lifted while entering the zone. $2,000 is the standard fine amount for the first time a player is fined, assessed after the player’s second infraction as determined by National Hockey League Hockey Operations
You can watch the play that lead to Pulkkinen’s $2,000 donation below.
I’d like the league to release videos Department of Player Safety-style when they give out diving fines.
“As you can see in the video, Pulkkinen appears to have been shot of a canon with his arms raised roller coaster-style after having nothing more than his stick lifted by the opponent. This falls under the league’s no Matt Cooke double barrel roll policy.”
The league gave out a total of 10 diving or embellishment fines last season, with nine total offenders. Montreal’s P.K. Subban was the only player who was given multiple infractions and had his fine level raised to $3,000 for the second offense.
The other players include Cal Clutterbuck, Gustav Nyqvist, Richard Panik, Tom Wilson, Andrew Shaw, Michal Neuvirth, Vincent Trochek and James Neal, who had the honor of being the league’s first diving fine.
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