Highest Paid Ice Hockey Players 2016

Ice hockey is one of the major sports in cold weather nations such as the northern parts of the United States and Canada and also in Russia and Sweden in Europe. In North America, the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men’s hockey and Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is the highest league in Russia and much of Eastern Europe.

NHL pay has risen in the recent years with the prosperity of the league as franchise value reached a record of 490 million this year. The average salary of NHL players’ $2.7 million tops average value of NFL players, which holds down some of the biggest names in the sport. The NHL contains some of the Highest Paid Ice Hockey Players 2016.

The popularity behind NHL is the huge viewership it receives from most parts of the U.S. and Canada. The highest paid athletes not only earn from their salary but also from their brand endorsements from different ad campaigns.

Let’s have a look at the highest paid ice hockey players 2016.

Highest Paid Ice Hockey Players 2016

10. Eric Staal

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Standing at number 10 in the list of highest paid hockey players 2016 we have, Carolina Hurricanes centre forward, Eric Staal. This 6ft 4 inches centre forward was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His contract value with his recent team is worth a total of $57,750,000. He currently earns $9,250,000 base salary with a cap hit of $8,250,000 in the 2015-16 season of the NHL.

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9. Philip Kessel

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At number 9, we have the right winger of Toronto Maple Leaf, Philip Kessel. Kessel is termed as the most promising and young talent of NHL along with Claudie Giroux who holds the number 8 position in the list of highest paid hockey players 2016. The 5ft 11 inches right winger weighing 172 lbs is currently under a 8 year contract with the team that sets his worth $64,000,000 with the team which includes $22,500,000 as the signing bonus. His team currently pays him $10,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $8,000,000 in the 2015-16 NHL season.

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8. Claudie Giroux

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On number 7 on the list of highest paid ice hockey players 2016, we have Philadelphia Flyers right winger Claudie Giroux. The 5 feet 11 inches winger weighing 172 lb was drafted in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Claude Giroux also plays for Canada national ice hockey team. His contract value is worth a total of $66,200,000 out of which he will get $9,000,000 as the signing bonus. He currently earns $10,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $8,275,000 in the 2015-16 season of the NHL.

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