Islanders’ Clutterbuck fined $2,000 for diving

New York Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck passes the puck away from Toronto Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck was fined $2,000 for diving Wednesday by the NHL.

Clutterbuck’s offenses occurred a little over a month apart according to the league. The 27-year-old was issued a warning following the Islanders’ Dec. 6 game against the St. Louis Blues. His second offense that warranted his first citation and fine happened on Jan. 19 against the Philadelphia Flyers when Jakub Voracek received a minor penalty for hooking in the second period. The Islanders scored on the ensuing power play.

Under the newly revised NHL Rule 64 approved by the NHLPA and the League’s Board of Governors, the new rule is designed to bring attention to repeat offenders for diving and embellishment, and seriously penalize those who continually dive.

With the new system a player is fined $2,000 on their first citation, with each additional citation increasing by $1,000 up to $5,000. Each subsequent citation after that sees both the player and head coach receiving fines with the maximum for each being $5,000.

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