Here is a list off the top of my head of the best divers in NHL history. Bill Barber - I think he comes to the top of everyone's list. He certainly is the innovator of the dive. Before Barber's day it was thought of as unsportsmanlike to dive. So he'd be the first one if memory serves me right. Barber wasn't the kind of guy who would lie on the ice as if he was shot out of a cannon, but he did I think as much as anyone over emphasize a hook or a trip. He didnt really have to either, he was a damn fine Hall of Fame player without it even. Alexei Kovalev - My guess is he's second on most people's lists. Not only does he dive but he fakes injuries. Who can forget Game 4 vs. Boston in OT last year? I dont care if he was "hurt" or not, at least kick the puck away not bump into your defensman and have Glen Murray score the OT winner. His dive in '95 vs. the Nordiques arguably cost them the series. Sometimes you wonder what made him go down to the ice, the hooks or hits on him were THAT minimal. Theo Fleury - Again a potential Hall of Famer. I loved Theo and to me his dives were like Barber's. A great player that just got underneath the other teams skin. The thing with Fleury is that you knew when he "fell" down 99% of the time he didnt have to. Again, he was a guy who didnt lie on the ice pretending he was hurt, he just made his falls dramatic in a comical way. Claude Lemieux - Best thing about him was his facial expressions when he went down. I didnt mind him doing that so much but I hated to no end his turtling when someone wanted to fight him. Peter Forsberg - They all say he's so tough and maybe he is, but I never thought a little hook would force a grown man to fall so hard so quick. Dominik Hasek - He would often fall down like he was hung, I think the refs caught on eventually HM - Mario dove a lot in his early years until he grew up, as did Gretzky but a little less than Mario I think. Slava Kozlov did the best dive ever. In the '95 playoffs vs. Chicago. He looked like he was hooked very lightly near the shoulder and went down and slid near the boards. He acted as if he was knocked out. But here's the catch: He scored the game winner!