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Dealing With A Diver

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

I have always admired the quiet leadership and aggressive, hard-hitting play that Dustin Brown has demonstrated throughout his NHL career, similarly to how I described Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators in a previous column. Last night, the similarity between Brown and Neil did not just end with these admirable characteristics but also in a successful effort to draw a penalty by embellishing the push/shove of the stick by Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Brown’s reaction was not proportional to the force exerted by Ekman-Larsson but was rewarded with a power play in a city where Oscar’s are given for outstanding performances. Dustin Brown’s was not that deserving in this case.

For tough, hard-nosed players such as Brown, Neil and others, it is most unbecoming when they employ this tactic. It does harm to their reputation and they join an undesirable list of known offenders when their embellishment causes embarrassment to the referee and the game.


Watch the “outstanding performance” from Brown below…

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TKShreve's avatar

Saw this. Couldn’t agree more.

Way to Giroux your reputation.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/18/12 at 06:51 PM ET


I really wonder if a Fraser, McCreary, Marouelli, Shick or even Koharski would tolerate the crap that is going on in a game today.

Rumor as it, it was Crosby, not Giroux, who offered the free diving lessons to Brown.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/18/12 at 06:59 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs is not the time for the referees to strap on the six guns in an effort to clean up embellishment in Dodge. The refs must however, ramp up their radar and if any doubt is created in their mind as to the legitimacy of a foul, then I would suggest they keep their arm down and play on.

Yes, because if there’s anything that’s going to make people embellish LESS, it’s being worried that the refs didn’t see the infraction of which they were just a victim.

It’s a two-way street, Fraser.  People dive not only to get the calls they don’t deserve, but also to make sure you striped idiots stop missing the horrible shit that does go on which your brethren haven’t been calling right all year.

This attitude kind of amazes me because it’s pretty much the one place where the referees have a ton of high ground to ask for the league’s help.  All they have to do is come out and say “listen, we’re aware of dives and we’re trying to catch them, but the replay jockeys out there have the benefit of hindsight, multiple angles, and slow-motion. We could sure use help from the league to identify and punish divers outside of the games to make it easier on us inside.”

I absolutely HATE the concept of giving out only the dive in these situations. You shouldn’t get away with a cross-check or a slash just because the other guy did his best Calculon to sell it.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 05/18/12 at 07:32 PM ET

starsfan26's avatar

Is that Engblom in the clip (48 sec) who says about Brown, “Boy is this guy good at drawing penalties…that was brilliant stuff”?  What an idiot.  I guess diving/embellishing is considered an admirable skill now. 

If the NHL can’t get the players to stop headhunting, there is no way the league will be able to discourage players from diving.

Posted by starsfan26 on 05/18/12 at 08:13 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Kerry Fraser complaining about players fooling refs is like Michael Bay complaining about everyone else’s movies having too many explosions in them.

Posted by Primis on 05/19/12 at 01:08 AM ET

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