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How does a hockey ref call holding and embellishment on the same play?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (34620 points ) January 19th, 2013

Okay, a defenseman grabs a player and hauls him down. But the ref calls the player taken down for embellishment and taking a dive. Does that make any sense? Either you’re taken down or you took a dive. It can’t be both. Any thoughts?

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amujinx's avatar

That’s how the NHL has always called it. It has never made sense and is annoying as hell since a player could use this to draw a penalty against the best player on the ice while they are the worst player, and it’s treated like that is really an off-setting penalty. If you can get the best player on the other team off the ice and you aren’t one of best players on your team, that’s more advantageous to your team and not off-setting at all.

tedibear's avatar

Thank you! I have never understood this. It’s like saying “You’re guilty, but the other guy might be guilty so we’ll take him too.” I think what it might be is that the player who commits the holding penalty really did commit the penalty, but the guy it was done to made it look worse than it was so they punished him too.

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