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Ex-referee Fraser: Brown hurting his reputation with diving

May 18, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

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Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser addressed the topic of embellishing in today’s column at, making specific reference to the penalty Oliver Ekman-Larsson received for cross-checking Dustin Brown to the ice last night in Los Angeles.

Fraser deemed Brown’s reaction “not proportional to the force exerted by Ekman-Larsson,” which is a fancy way of saying the Kings’ captain took a dive.

Hard-nosed as Brown may be, he does have a reputation for embellishing – a reputation that may end up costing his team, according to Fraser.

Once a player skates down the slippery slope of embellishment, I can assure you it causes every referee to question that player’s honesty when determining a legitimate foul. I would have to suspect that previous history and reputation had something to do with the embellishment penalty that was assessed to Dustin Brown in Game 2 after taking a hard slash to the back of his knee from Mike Smith.

It’s only natural for referees to take a player’s reputation into account when calling penalties. Those that play an honest game should get the benefit of the doubt, while those that live by the flop, should die by the flop.

Related: “The game is turning a little dishonest,” says Dave Tippett

  1. chitown26 - May 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Fraser is an idiot. Brown is the toughest guy out there.

    Stay retired you old jerk.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Being tough and embellishing calls are two entirely different things.

  2. fruitsareedible - May 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    He’s not an obvious embellisher. He doesn’t flail his arms or toss his stick in the air to make it super obvious. He just falls down easily at the appropriate time. There’s a reason he almost always leads the league in penalties drawn.

    • salmon90 - May 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      true but he’s also right up there in head-snaps as well….plenty more where this came from

  3. x50cal - May 18, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Finally somebody looks at brown and notices he’s a diver!

  4. acieu - May 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Frazier needs to stick with styling his hair.

  5. jimw81 - May 18, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Frasher was one if the best refs in league before Bettman chase him because he let the players decide the game and not handing out free power plays. BTW, was it Crosby who was giving Brown the free diving lessions?

  6. mbstrfrk55 - May 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    How is it that people think that was embellished? He was chopped in the back of the knee where there is no protection!!! Brown is the farthest thing from a diver!

    • sportsfreak13 - May 18, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      the slash to the back of the leg wasn’t a dive, its the ekman larsson cross check in game 3 where the embellishment comes into question.

      • mbstrfrk55 - May 18, 2012 at 8:17 PM

        this is what i was referring to “the embellishment penalty that was assessed to Dustin Brown in Game 2 after taking a hard slash to the back of his knee from Mike Smith.”

  7. Brian - May 18, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    At this point, if Brown doesn’t already have a reputation for diving, you kind of have to wonder where the referees have been all this time. Reffing east coast games, I guess. I like Brown, but he’s been the biggest diver on the west coast for a while. That includes Vancouver.

    • jimw81 - May 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Somewhere Ryan Kesler is tripping and falling. I know a Fraser, McCreary, Marouelli, Shick or even Koharski wouldn’t tolerate this garbage. The refs have to suck it up because bettman wants more power plays than letting the player’s decide the game.

      • fruitsareedible - May 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        I really hate that logic. If the refs called the games the way they were supposed to, then they wouldn’t be deciding the games. As it is now, they let players break the rules a few times here, randomly there, will call this sometimes but not always, and then make sure the penalties are pretty much even at the end of the game. That’s the refs deciding the game. A player that commits a penalty and gets called for it…it’s his fault, he helped decide the outcome of the game, which is as it should be. The notion that there should be no penalties called in the 3rd period or overtime or that ‘ref’s shouldn’t decide the game by calling penalties’ is a big reason why no one wanted to watch hockey in the mid-90s, revenues fell, and we had a lockout early in the 2000s.

  8. dowhatifeellike - May 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Leave diving to the Italians. Diving is a behavior unbecoming of a team captain.

    • vanfoodman - May 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      Uh, that’s a racist statement. Diving is done in every team sport in every country.

      • dowhatifeellike - May 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        It’s only “a racist statement” if you want it to be. Sportsmanship is a character issue, and the Italian and French leagues seem to foster poor character.

  9. finfan88shark - May 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    The entire Kings are divers. Hell they don’t even need acting lesson from those so-called self absorbing movie star fan base

  10. finfan88shark - May 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    The Kings are so good at diving , they don’t even need any help from those self-absorbing non fan movie stars in the crowd.

    • blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      Sure pal … and your Sharks don’t even need to dive … they just “drop dead” at the first sight of the playoffs !

      • mehetmet - May 18, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        As a sharks fan, I have to say that was good! (i’m not kidding, its sad but true)

  11. ron05342 - May 18, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I am not sure that Fraser’s conclusion that he is “hurting his reputation” is valid. If anything, Brown’s play since February has catapulted his reputation.

    • blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      right on Ron ! :)

  12. gmanpatsfan - May 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Shark fans, duck fans, you all need to just go away. Your year is over. And the lisp, Dustin Brown, will hoitht da thtanley cup cuth you thuck.

    • vanfoodman - May 18, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Uh, really? Making fun of a speech impediment? Grow up.

  13. blomfeld - May 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    LIES !

    This attempt to undermine the “brilliant” captaincy of the LA Kings which is Dustin Brown, is truly pathetic ! … and those of you who do so are almost assuredly “not” hockey players yourselves, therefore your views essentially equate to “spam” ! However, given the way our Kings are playing right now and turning things “literally” upside down, this “envious” jealousy from you people is hardly unexpected. The fact of the matter is that Dustin Brown is the absolute “best” captain in the NHL today, bar none ! He’s extremely talented and he plays with a “zeal” which you fools and your defeated teams can only dream about … not to mention the fact that he loves his team and his team loves him !

  14. Doesnotmatter - May 19, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Cross-checking is illegal. If you are going to cross-check a guy make sure that the refs aren’t watching. Otherwise its a penalty. Someone should tell Ekman-Larsson.

    And cross-checking a guy right after he bumps you, with a referee standing about 5,6 feet away, is just plain stupid. Tippet should explain that to Ekman-Larsson as well.

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