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by Paul on 11/15/05 at 11:48 PM ET
Los Angeles Kings forward Sean Avery was fined $1,000 by the NHL on Tuesday for comments he made after being fined $1,000 for diving during a game. "Mr. Avery's comments showed a complete lack of respect for all those associated with our game, most importantly his fellow players," Campbell said. "Mr. Avery has besmirched the reputation of all NHL players, coaches, general managers and owners who, collectively, have been successful in providing a more entertaining game for our fans." Thirty to 40 players have received warning letters from the league for diving, including Avery on Oct. 19 at Colorado, but Avery is the first to get nailed a second time, which carries the fine. As per the direction of the NHL's competition committee, a group that includes four players, a third diving incident results in a $2,000 fine and a fourth offense warrants a one-game suspension. "We knew it would be one of the impediments to the enforcement of hooking and holding and interference was the diving or the embellishment of those calls to draw a penalty and it was going to hurt our objective," Campbell told The Canadian Press. "We knew this would happen, because players are competitive and they do what they have to do to win the game. So this is how the players and the managers have asked us to do handle it."
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