Feb 11, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mike Brown (18) goes after Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban (76) as the referee gets between them at the Air Canada Centre. The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rule 64. Boston Bruins fans should be ready to hear this a lot this season.


I thought I’d take the time to remind everyone who will be watching the Boston Bruins taking on the Montreal Canadiens of what we should be expecting to see this year. In fact, I thought I’d spell it out as clear as day so opposing fans who read this (just before they hurl the insults back at me) remember what the refs will be calling players on this year. I still say they install a springboard on the home bench in Montreal this year. If they insist on diving, they might as well make it a show for the fans.

OK Habs fans, please read along with me. (En ce qui concerne les personnes qui sont fans enrages de Montreal, veuillez lire avec moi.)

Rule 64 – Diving / Embellishment(what we in Boston call the ‘Subban’ rule.  Seriously PK Subban.  Are you a hockey player or are you trying out for Das Boot on Ice?)

64.1 Diving / Embellishment – Any player who blatantly dives, embellishes a fall or a reaction, or who feigns an injury shall be penalized with a minor penalty under this rule.

A goalkeeper who deliberately initiates contact with an attacking player other than to establish position in the crease, or who otherwise acts to create the appearance of other than incidental contact with an attacking player, is subject to the assessment of a minor penalty for diving / embellishment.

64.2 Minor Penalty – A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who attempts to draw a penalty by his actions (“diving / embellishment”).

64.3 Fines and Suspensions – Regardless if a minor penalty for diving / embellishment is called, Hockey Operations will review game videos and assess fines to players or goalkeepers who dive or embellish a fall or a reaction, or who feign injury.  The call on the ice by the Referee is totally independent of supplementary discipline.

The first such incident during the season will result in a warning letter being sent to the player or goalkeeper. The second such incident will result in a one thousand dollar ($1,000) fine. For a third such incident in the season, the player shall be suspended for one game, pending a telephone conversation with the Director of Hockey Operations. For subsequent violations in the same season, the player’s suspension shall double (i.e. first suspension – one game, second suspension – two games, third suspension – four games, etc.) See also Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.

So, let’s make sure the Canadiens bring their ‘real game’ this year. If they don’t they had better bring their checkbooks and a lot of aspirin.

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  • Alain Degrâce
    • http://www.causewaycrowd.com/ Billy Bryson

      Using a satirical comedian as a defense? Must be a Habs fan..

    • Eddie Beatrice

      Let’s create a montage of the whining, dirty, diving Canadians and Canucks and see how long and embarrassing those will last. Canada still believes that they own the game (yes, you too Stewart and Colbert), can dictate right from wrong while they see things through their rose colored glasses. No, the Bruins are no angels, never let it be said they are. They are tough and physical but certainly no worse than every other NHL team. The high dirty hits and boarding MUST end across the league. How many Bruins players have been badly hurt. Remember Horton in Game 1 of the Finals two years ago? (and they still beat the “mighty” Canucks). I’m not even going to get into the Savard hit the year before that ended his career.

  • Guest

    Do the Bruins dive and embellish sometimes ? yes. Do the Canadians dive and embellish sometimes ? yes.

    What does Habs fan have than Bruins fans lack ? Objective point of view.
    Go ahead and make that video about the Habs and the Canucks. While you’re at it, do it for all the 27 other teams in the NHL.

    But first, that Daily Show video is getting pretty old. Try starting doing your beloved Bruins since their last Stanley Cup championship. Shouldn’t be hard to do. Lost of dirty, diving and embellishing plays produced by Marchand and Chara alone.

    That article is one big piece of propaganda. All teams embellish. To pretend yours don’t or just one another does is plain illusional.

    • Brad Miller

      Habs fans have objective point of views? You just lost ALL credibility with that sentence!

      • Alain Degrâce

        I’m an Habs fan. I have an objective point of view. There you go again, not helping in believing Bruins fan can open their minds a little bit. But you MUST be the exception to the rule. Hopefully, there are some Bruins fans who don’t drink from the same Cool-Aid as you do.