15 Biggest Divers in the NHL

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IOctober 2, 2012

15 Biggest Divers in the NHL

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    The NHL is looking to crack down on the amount of diving and embellishment in hockey because it is something that could get out of control.

    Everyone in the league knows who the "usual suspects" are, and players like Ryan Kesler, P.K. Subban and Mike Ribeiro don't get the benefit of doubt too often.

    Here are the 15 worst offenders of diving in the NHL today.

P.K. Subban

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    P.K. Subban is a talented young defenseman, but he earns no points for dives like this. Subban should be focused on establishing himself as a complete player, but dives like this one help give him a bad name around the league.

    He is a skilled player, but one of these days he will draw a legitimate call, and the referee on the ice will think back to horrendous embellishments like this. 

Danny Carcillo

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    Danny Carcillo is a pest in the NHL who likes to get under his opponents' skin. However, the pesky forward has made a name for himself by flopping down to the ice after the slightest amount of contact.

    Pierre McGuire does an amazing job in this clip calling out Carcillo and his embarrassing dive.

Martin Brodeur

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    Martin Brodeur is one of the NHL's most decorated goaltenders, but he also has a reputation of flopping down to the ice. Whenever a player encroaches ever so slightly on Brodeur's crease, he seems to fall to the ice.

    Brodeur has a lot of tenure in the league and that often leads to officials giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Brad Marchand

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    Hockey is a sport that doesn't receive a ton of media attention, but when a nationally syndicated talk show calls a player out for diving, you know they are a terrible offender.

    Brad Marchand, like famed pest Pat Verbeek, is often referred to as the "Little Ball of Hate," is a frequent diver and this clip illustrates how bad his embellishments are.

Mike Ribeiro

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    Mike Ribeiro is one of the NHL's worst offenders, and it seems that anytime he makes contact with another player, he is sent down to the ice.

    There are many great pieces of evidence to show how much of a diver Ribeiro is, but this clip with Chris Osgood is very compelling.

Sidney Crosby

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    Sidney Crosby is undeniably one of the greatest young players in NHL history.

    Nobody can take away what he has accomplished in such a short amount of time, but Crosby is an infamous diver and his status as the face of the NHL has helped him draw many calls over the years.

    Crosby is one of the league's repeat offenders, and he usually gets away with dives on a regular basis.

Ryan Kesler

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    Ryan Kesler was named the NHL's worst diver according to a report by TSN Insider Darren Dreger.

    Kesler's diving is so rampant that the Internet is full of GIFs featuring him rolling in the wind like a tumbleweed. 

    Kesler is a talented player, but he needs to cut down on the embellishment. 

Dustin Brown

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    Dustin Brown is a hardworking player who loves to hit everyone in his sight, but he is also a player that  falls down very easily.

    Brown is a grinder and a pest at times, because he likes to get opponents of their games, but moments like this earned Brown zero points with officials throughout the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Alex Semin

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    Alex Semin is a player who likes to flop on the ice from time to time. He is a highly skilled player, but he is soft when it comes to taking body checks.

    If you watch closely, there is little to no major impact when this hit is delivered, but Semin offers up his best Oscar moment when the referees check on him.

Sean Avery

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    Sean Avery is still a UFA because he never officially submitted retirement papers to the NHL.

    There are many reasons why Avery is not currently employed in the  NHL, and his knack of being an overzealous diver is pretty high on the list. Avery made a living as a pest in the NHL, but he could have prolonged his career if he was able to make his dives a little more convincing.

Alex Burrows

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    Alex Burrows is a frequent and notorious diver, so many officials are quick to blow the whistle whenever Burrows quickly hits the ice.

    He may not always deserve to feel the wrath of the on-ice officials, but his reputation speaks for itself when it comes to borderline calls involving the Vancouver Canucks pest.

Henrik Sedin

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    Henrik Sedin is a talented playmaker and scorer for the Vancouver Canucks, but he has earned a reputation as one of the league's top divers. This is not the worst dive that Sedin has orchestrated, but this clip makes it easy to see why Sedin is viewed as one of the league's worst embellishers. 

Joe Thornton

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    Joe Thornton made headlines when he called the New York Rangers "one of the softest teams the Sharks played last year," but when you look at Thornton's propensity to embellish, it might make sense for Jumbo Joe to purchase a mirror.

    This incident is pretty soft on Thornton's part as he flops to the ice with the lightest tap at his skate.

    Thornton is a skilled offensive player who plays the game well, so he shouldn't have to resort to these cheap tactics.

Maxim Lapierre

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    Maxim Lapierre was one of the worst divers in the NHL's Eastern Conference when he suited up for the Montreal Canadiens. Nothing has really changed since Lapierre joined the Vancouver Canucks, because he is still one of the NHL's most infamous divers.

    His dives have gotten worse over the years, and it is surprising that he hasn't given up the act.

Alex Ovechkin

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    Alex Ovechkin drew the wrath of Don Cherry in this video, and it wasn't because he is European, but because of his diving. "Grapes" points out that "Ovi" sells a shot to the face, even though there was no contact made.

    Ovechkin plays a physical and hard game, but he has been known to fall down easy on occasion.