Islanders’ Mathew Barzal Fined $2,000 For Embellishment Against Capitals’ Carl Hagelin Last Thursday

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New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

Citation #

Player Fine(s)

* Head Coach Fine(s)

1

Warning

N/A

2

$2,000

N/A

3

$3,000

N/A

4

$4,000

N/A

5

$5,000

$2,000

6

$5,000

$3,000

7

$5,000

$4,000

8

$5,000

$5,000

For head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

Barzal was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 126 against the Philadelphia Flyers on Jan. 30. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 4:47 of the second period during NHL Game No. 730 against the Washington Capitals on April 22.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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8 Responses to Islanders’ Mathew Barzal Fined $2,000 For Embellishment Against Capitals’ Carl Hagelin Last Thursday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Those islanders announcers are ridiculous.

  2. tomferg55 says:

    Caps fan here. I don’t see any embelishment and yes, that’s hooking.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t think you are looking close enough. He grabs stick under his arm and holds on, then embellishes with the fall.

  3. Dan Thomas says:

    He clearly clamped his arm down on the stick and then grabbed the stick with his hand and took the dive.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wow you are blind, he looked down and grab the stick to try and remove it and that’s when Washington player jerk him to the ice.

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