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NHL exec says officials won?t stand for diving | Hockey | Sports | Winnipeg SunVANCOUVER - Colin Campbell is tired of seeing his officials embarrassed by players throughout these NHL playoffs and isn’t going to stand for it any more.
Due to the increasing number of players diving and embellishing throughout these playoffs, Campbell and director of officiating Terry Gregson have instructed officials to crack down on players who snap their heads back to sell a call.
Teams and players have been warned to cut it out or referees will be handing out diving calls as well as “two and twos,” tagging both the victim and the perpetrator.
While diving generally increases in the post-season, what complicates the issue this year is the heightened desire to protect players from head-shots, leading players to prey on this and act as if anything coming close to their noggin makes contact, a la Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and teammate Maxim Lapierre.
“Diving is increased in the playoffs as the stakes are higher, and when players get desperate, they take their credibility and their honour and they throw it out the window,” the NHL’s VP of Hockey Operations said Saturday.
“Through our supervisors, we warned all the teams not to embellish. It’s becoming rampant, and we’re going to start calling it. We’ll ramp it up next round. You may not like it, but we’ll point out the guys who we feel will embellish calls.”
It harkens back a handful of years when the league issued the list of known divers, which was aborted, since GMs hated it.
I saw this the other day on tv as well. The commentators were talking about the officials watching for dives and embellishments meant to draw the penalty.
I agree when they say it embarasses the officials. Also, its really against the spirit of the crackdown on headshots. How are officials supposed to protect the true dangerous headshots if every player is trying to make every hit look like a bad headshot. It is the playoffs, so players get desperate, but I think that's a dishonourable way of going about it. Kudos to the refs for watching for it. Shame on the players for trying it.