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To ‘attack’ embellishment, NHL wants to ‘bring alive’ old rule

Jun 11, 2014, 5:20 PM EDT

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NEW YORK — The NHL would like to “bring alive again” a rule that’s already in the rulebook, with some slight alterations, in an attempt to reduce the amount of embellishing in the game.

The league’s director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, shared the plan today in a New York hotel after the general managers had finished meeting prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

“We have a process in place that we approached the GMs with, and we also asked the players’ association to consider,” said Campbell.

“There’s a rule in the rulebook already that we haven’t used for the last few years that we’d like to bring alive again, for lack of a better term, but without the game suspension and just a series of fines, a warning the first time, and a series of fines after that if the same player embellishes. It would be by video review from our office.

“There’s also an element that we would probably add a fine to the coach/organization after so many embellishments to a team. And it’s something the players’ association are going back and asking their people, and something we have to run by the board. But it got a lot of traction, a lot of support from the managers that embellishment is going too far in our league and we have to attack it again.”

Campbell added: “It’s not about taking a player out of the game. It’s about making everyone aware that this player does embellish. And more than that, it’s about the players that don’t embellish that ask the question, ‘Should I start embellishing now because I’m on an uneven playing field here.'”

Related: Embellishment is ‘out of control’


  1. avscup - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    How many firkin rules are not enforced! Fine the refs and get rid of Buttman. There’s your answer! It’s in the rule book, why did it stop getting enforced? Buttman!

    • billsin20xx - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Or just tell Montreal to leave a huge security deposit with the league for their upcoming fines. They were an absolute embarrassment to the lague in the playoffs this year.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        The league will apply this rule to every team except the Bruins. I missed that part of Campbell’s quote.

      • avscup - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Indeed they were. Boston and NY have been plenty bad also.

      • pete387 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        I guess Subban will need to ask for a lot more money on his next contract.

  2. imleftcoast - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Claude Julien better get fined for the diving and going out to the media with the hypocrisy.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      This is probably the most hypocritical post I have ever seen from a Montreal fan. And there’s been a lot of them.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I’d fully support this post if not for the fact that your team is the one team that’s even worse about this.

  3. bwayblueshirt - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Really simple. Make embellishment a double-minor, giving a 4 on 3 to the team that had the original infraction. Simple as that. There’s no need for extensive fines and structured league punishments. Just make it a double-minor and tell the refs to start calling that siht.

    • letsgolightning - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Either this, or stop offsetting it with whatever other “penalty” occurred. It’s counter-intuitive to see (for example) tripping and embellishment called on the same play; was he actually tripped, or did he just try to make it look like he was, in order to draw a penalty? Pick one.

      • narfmoo12 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Or was he tripped and then embellished it to make sure a penalty was called. It can be both.

      • matt14gg - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        All good points.

    • hockey412 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      In order to do that they’d have to make it reviewable in real time – that’s tough to do without dragging the games out to the n’th degree. Rarely is embellishment caught in real time…even for fans it takes a slow-mo replay.

  4. drewsylvania - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    imleftcoast with your blind Hab fan quote of the day.

  5. tronn25 - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Vancouver is absolutely f**ked… Burrows, there goes your allowance.

  6. twesty85 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I don’t condone diving one bit but there are times when the official would have missed the call if the person drawing the penalty didn’t embellish a bit.

    • matt14gg - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      NO, it all has to stop (or as much of it as possible). No selling. Too bad if the ref misses the call…happens all the time. Play on!

  7. hennessey1200hp - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Play hard period and let the players play, a little stick check or knocked down in front of the net is ok. This is hockey not soccer. It was meant to be tough

    • dentals1 - Jun 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Ole, Ole Ole Ole.

  8. jpat2424 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Hear that Mike Smith

  9. vbcaps - Jun 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM


  10. heynyc61 - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    How about when there is an embellishment the other doesn’t get a penalty. That is completely stupid. If it’s an embellishment it’s not a penalty. If it’s a penalty the there is no embellishment

    • beyor35 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Wrong… Embellishment is when the player adds that extra head snap when he’s hit with a high stick etc… diving is when there is no penalty and the player goes down trying to draw a call…

  11. titansbro - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    The Habs are gonna be le bankrupt.

  12. thesportsjudge - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    ““There’s a rule in the rulebook already that we haven’t used for the last few years”

    Does anyone else have a hard time comprehending this partial statement? If it is in the rulebook, why isn’t it being used? Was it originally put in to appease someone(PA or Owners?)

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      That’s one thing that drives me nuts with NHL’s officiating. There’s a lot of different rules that never get used, but manage to show up and get used at the worst possible times. Often costing a team the game.

  13. oldfatbaldguy - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    I like emphasizing after-the-game sanctions rather than in-game penalties. Nobody likes diving, but how often have you seen it called, then seen a replay and thought “Nope, he didn’t dive”? It’s obviously a tough call for the referees, and it’s often wrong, so don’t make it more important. I also find it bizarre that there’s so much concern about this in 2014 when before the 2005 crackdown on hooking, diving was way, way worse than it is today. Stick touches a guy around the rib cage and his knees buckle, because if they don’t, hooking wasn’t gonna get called. You don’t see that anymore, thank goodness.

  14. comeonnowguys - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    If we’re going to focus on rules that aren’t being enforced, how about tightening up obstruction? How about cracking down on defenders who hold up a guy (not even hitting) instead of turning to play the puck that has been clearly and already dumped past him before he initiated contact? That goes uncalled a lot–especially in third periods.

    Embellishment is a symptom of a larger problem, fishing for that ever-present make up call. Call the game right, and you’ll see a lot of it go away. And then you nail the guys who still do it.

  15. blueshirtsfaithful - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    What’s Crosby gonna do now he can’t get any gold medals for diving!!! Oh wait this rule probably doesn’t penalize the pens, or the refs will get fined.

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