At Tuesday’s GM meetings in Toronto, it was reported that Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice president and director of hockey operations, had said the first fine for diving in 2015-16 was imminent and should be announced within a few days. Friday, the NHL dropped the hammer on Detroit Red Wings right winger Teemu Pulkkinen.
Pulkkinen has been hit with a $2,000 fine by the league as supplementary discipline for a dive that occurred in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Stars. The dive, which can be seen below, came in the first period of the contest when Pulkinnen fell to the ice after Colton Sceviour delivered a stick check from behind:
The embellishment, according to the league, was the second such instance of Pulkinnen diving. His first instance, which carried a warning, came in an Oct. 24 game between the Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks. While the NHL didn't point out the exact timing of the dive that resulted in the warning, it seems the embellishment call came following a hooking call assessed to Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis early in the second period of the late-October game.
As Pulkkinen chased a loose puck down ice, Hamhuis attempted to impede the Red Wings winger, who lost his footing and went slipping to the ice:
As this is Pulkinnen's first fine for diving of the season, $2,000 was the maximum fine. However, if the league pegs him for embellishment again, the fine will gradually increase up to a maximum of $5,000, with offenses after the fifth citation carrying additional fines for Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
This is the second time in two seasons that a Red Wings forward has been fined under Rule 64. In 2014-15, Red Wings right winger Gustav Nyquist was fined $2,000 for embellishing a tripping call that was assessed to Boston Bruins left winger Chris Kelly.