NHL divers, beware.
Your peers want you caught and your names ragged through the mud.
That was the message after a two-day summit in Toronto this week on rules violations.
Coaches, general managers, players and officials were invited to take part in the discussions, which centered around the way NHL games are officiated and the tricks players use to draw penalties.
NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said players made an impassioned plea to embarrass divers by having them identified and placed on a list that is posted in all 30 dressing rooms.
They want to get the list out there, Campbell said. They want the player to be caught, whether it's on the ice by the referee or by us on video. They are all tired of diving. The object is to make them stop eventually and, by doing that, they can get it out there around the league, embarrass them. The referees will know it, too, so the divers don't get the benefit of the doubt.
Under current rules, players who embellish penalties are subject to suspensions and fines but that happens only on rare occasions. Too often referees call two penalties on most diving incidents one on the player who commits the foul and the other on the diver.
Many players believe that only one penalty should be called in those instances. Its either a hook or a dive not both.
I talk about players being smart, they figure out when they can get calls. Thats a concern, said Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who was among the group of coaches on the panel. I was glad to see the players in the meeting were concerned with it also. It's an area of our game that I think we can clean up.
Players also expressed concern over an increase of interference in the offensive zone, saying defensemen often get away with hold ups that deny forecheckers the chance to get in on their defense partners.
They want no-touch, let him go, Campbell said of the players. Once you're beat, you're beat. That's what they really wanted to hit. No holdups, no interference is what they were heavy on.
What are your thoughts on diving? Has the NHL become too much like professional soccer? And if you could make a divers list, who would be on it? Any Capitals? Join the conversation below.