The National Hockey League has announced that Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment).
NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and their teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. These 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 $2,000
5 $5,000 $3,000
6 $5,000 $4,000
7 $5,000 $5,000
8 $5,000 $5,000
* For Head Coach, each FINE issued to a player on his Club counts toward total.
The 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.
Ehlers was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 299 against Arizona on Nov. 21. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an
incident at 5:53 of the second period during NHL Game No. 547 against Detroit on Dec. 29.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.