Neal faces $2K Fine for Embellishment

Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America

Say it ain’t so! James Neal has officially become the first player to be fined for embellishment (dive, what have you) during a game under the NHL’s new diving/embellishment rules. Neal was first reprimanded back on November 13th for a dive against the Blues, but there is no second warning nowadays. Neal’s $2000 fine was dealt due to an embellished fall from Saturday’s game against San Jose. Here’s the .gif of the act in question:

hmmm

Source: @KMartel_Sports

I missed this play during the game, but with slow motion and the tuck-into-fetal-position, it definitely looks like a dive; sorry James. Like I mentioned above the .gif, there are not second warnings, so what happens if Neal accidentally does this again (we say accident because James Neal is a classy individual not capable of such acting skills):

  • First Offense: Warning
  • Second Offense: $2,000 fine
  • Third Offense: $3,000 fine
  • Fourth Offense: $4,000 fine
  • Fifth Offense: $5,000 fine for him, $2,000 for Laviolette

Pretty certain there won’t be any beyond a fifth offense as, once the coach’s wallet starts taking a hit, the acting career will be over for the player involved pretty quickly. Well, I hope Neal doesn’t get pegged for embellishing anymore for his wallet’s sake, though I would’ve thought some Canucks would’ve gotten tagged with this fine before anyone…

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