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James Neal first player fined for diving

Before the beginning of the 2014-2015 season, the NHL enacted several new rules to cut down on diving and embellishment.  The rules call for fining players after the second offense, with fines for coaches of violating players beginning at the fourth offense.

There was some discussion when this was announced as to whether or not the league would publicly name players fined for diving, and now we have our answer — and it’s yes.  Nashville Predators forward James Neal was fined $2,000 by the NHL Wednesday for his second infraction, which occurred during the Predators December 13th game against the San Jose Sharks.  According to the league announcement, Neal was previously warned for diving after a November 13th game against the St. Louis Blues.

Neal has long been known around the league as a dirty player and now he can add the distinction of being the first official diver.

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