File this one under “unexpected”, especially with the time it took to dish out. The National Hockey League has fined Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen a sum of $2000 for a perceived dive in his game against Tampa Bay on December 22nd.
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) December 31, 2015
Here’s the NHL’s statement on the fine.
Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen 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.
Hansen was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 183 against Pittsburgh on Nov. 4. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 10:15 of the third period during NHL Game No. 510 at Tampa Bay on Dec. 22. Hansen was assessed a minor penalty for embellishment while Tampa Bay defenseman Nikita Nesterov received an interference minor on the play.
Many are disappointed by the league’s decision, but at the end of the day, such a ruling appears to be automatic. This might explain why it took a week and a half for word to come out about it; there was no rush to review it or make a judgement call, and since that the punishment is strictly financial, there was no on-ice reason to concern the public with it.
With that said, Hansen’s embellishment penalty was one of 13 infractions placed on the Canucks that game, ten of which turned into Tampa Bay penalties, so it’s understandable that people would be unhappy about the Canucks being the ones getting delayed punishment.
Hansen, who makes $2.5 million this year, forfeits 0.08% of his salary with this fine.