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Devils' Smith-Pelly fined for diving/embellishment

Issued for incident against Capitals on Feb. 24

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils forward Devante Smith-Pelly 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   $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.

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.

Smith-Pelly, acquired by the Devils in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 29, received both Citations playing for his former club. Accordingly, the fine will be included in Montreal accumulation totals.

Smith-Pelly was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 512 at Minnesota on Dec. 22. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 6:16 of the second period during NHL Game No. 902 at Washington on Feb. 24. Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom received a minor penalty for slashing on the play.

The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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