All-embellishment team: Kesler biggest offender? 0
Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler falls to the ice in front of Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (R) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia March 8, 2012. (REUTERS)
Ryan Kesler’s mugshot could be pasted in dressing rooms across the NHL depending on how discussions between the league and its general managers pan out.
The Vancouver Canucks forward is reportedly at the top of the NHL’s embellishment list, which was first discussed during an NHL rules meeting in Toronto last month, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Thursday.
In addition to a fine system that could be re-instituted, the names of the NHL’s worst cheats could soon be prominently displayed in arenas across the league
According to the TSN analyst, Chicago’s Dan Carcillo has been caught embellishing multiple times during his career and Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin is also in the conversation.
"(Players) want to get (the list) out there," NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell told the league’s website in August. "They want the (divers) to be caught, whether it's on the ice by the referee or by us on video.
“(They) are all tired of diving,” Campbell continued. “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."
According to section 64.1-64.3, a player who blatantly dives or embellishes a fall or a reaction can be penalized with a minor penalty. Regardless of whether in-game officials spot it, the league can review game tape and assess penalties and fines after the fact.
After receiving a warning letter for an initial infringement, a player’s second infraction will result in a $1,000 fine, according to the NHL rulebook.
A third infraction will result in a one-game suspension with the ban doubling for every instance thereafter.