Friday, November 18, 2005

PLAYING A CLASSIC NHL IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT “DIVERS”

To this day, Colin Campbell, a longtime veteran has maintained that as an undersized pro defenseman, he never took a dive. One reason probably could be that he wasn't good enough to dive. Complacency, down-to-earth attitude, kind of self-deprecation, of course, is part of what makes Campbell as nice and respected in his job. He was not always popular, but it should come as no surprise that Campbell believes diving, or acting as if to be fouled in order to draw a penalty on the other team, is something that can't be ignored. Of lately this problem has been emerging gently all season and with every new season it comes out to be more aggressive. The teams struggle with new enforcement approaches to everyday occurrences like holding and hooking. This issue finally exploded this week when unpredictable Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery exploded the league and the new competition committee after being openly identified as a reiterate offender. With this incident Avery has managed to draw attention to himself for mostly negative reasons The NHL apparently warned Avery after he received a diving penalty Oct. 19 and was fined $1,000 for diving during a Nov. 3 game. Now he has become well-known for his proclivity to provoke rival players into penalties, particularly penalizing ones, and is one of the league's best known scrap talkers. This debris talker has clamored for total innocence by mentioning that how a guy sitting in an office in New York can determine if you dived or not by watching a tape without knowing whether a player is suffering from an injury or not. Currently, a player who is penalized for diving or suspected of doing so can be sent a warning letter by the NHL. A second offense is cause for a $1,000 fine and being named on a list, and the third offense is a $2,000 fine. The fourth offense results in a one-game rustication.

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