NEW YORK -- Edmonton Oilers forward Nail Yakupov 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.
Yakupov was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 43 at Dallas on Oct. 13. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 19:41 of the third period during NHL Game No. 1026 against Arizona on March 12. Yakupov drew a minor penalty for interference to Coyotes defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and was assessed a minor penalty for embellishment on the play.
The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.