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Diving (also called embellishment) is a term used in ice hockey to describe a player trying to get the attention of the referee by embellishing an infraction from an opposing player in an attempt to draw a penalty. Usually, when diving is called a player from each team receives a penalty, one for diving and the other for the initial infraction, but this is not required.


In the National Hockey League (NHL), any player called for diving will receive a 2-minute minor penalty for the infraction.[1]

Players who dive, as well as the coaches of the diving players, may also be additionally fined or cited by the league as supplemental discipline for diving.

NHL Fines for Diving/Embellishment
Incident Number1 Player Fine2 Coach Fine2
1 Warning3 (N/A) Warning3 (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
  1. For coach incident totals, each citation issued to a player on his club counts toward his total.
  2. All figures are in US dollars.
  3. Fines only handed out after non-publicized warnings are given to the player/coach for their first offense.


  1. NHL Official Rules. Retrieved on 20 April 2011.
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