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.

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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.

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.

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.

7. Pavel Datsyuk

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Standing at number 6 on the list of highest paid ice hockey players 2016 we have Detroit Red Wingers forward Pavel Datsyuk. He is currently under a 3 year contract under the Detroit team and plays in the Russian national team. The estimation of this agreement is aggregate of $22,500,000, pay technique report say that yearly $10,000,000 he earned from compensation with $7,500,000 he accomplished from endorsements.

6. Alex Ovechekin

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The no 6th contending of our list of highest paid ice hockey players 2016 is Alex ovechekin. He is listed with 6 feet 3 inches height and 230 lb. weight in the NHL. Alex was drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. He is currently in a 13 years contract with the team with a contract of total worth $124,000,000 with the team.

Alex Ovechkin has a guaranteed income of $124,000,000 with an average yearly salary of $9,538,462 till the contract ends. His team currently pays him $10,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $9,538,462 in the 2015-16 NHL season.

5.  Henry Lundquvist

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Henry Lundquvist stands 5th in our list of highest paid hockey players 2016. This 6ft 1 inch tall striker represents the Swedish National Team and presently plays for New York Rangers.

The value of his contract is $59,500,000 with an average yearly salary of $8,500,000 till the contract ends. His team currently pays him $11,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $8,500,000 in the 2015-16 NHL season

4. Ryan Suter

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Ryan Suter is presently playing at the National Hockey League in the defense position for the Minnesota Wild and is the 4th in our list of highest paid hockey players 2016. Weighing 6 feet 1 inches height and 195 lb. weights in the NHL. He was drafted in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He signed the contract for a total worth of $98,000,000 with the team which includes $25,000,000 as the signing bonus. With an average yearly salary of $7,538,462 till the contract ends. His team currently pays him $11,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $7,538,462 in the 2015-16 NHL season.

3.  Zach Praise

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Sitting on the 3rd position of our highest paid ice hockey players 2015-16 is Zach praise. He currently plays as a left winger from Minnesota Wild. He represents the United States in his national colors.

Zach is currently earning $11.8 million 11 million coming from his salary, rest from his endorsement.

2. Shea Webber

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The finalist in our List is Shea Webber who plays in the defense for the Nashville Predators.

Listing a height of 6 feet 4 inches and weight of 233 lb.  He is currently having a 14-year contract with the team with a worth total of worth a total of $110,000,000 out of which he will get $68,000,000 as the signing bonus. He currently earns $14,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $7,857,143 in the 2015-16

1. Sidney Crosby

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Presenting the highest paid ice hockey players 2016 is Sidney Crosby. The top earning ice hockey ace earns $16.5 million, including $4.5 million off the ice.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ center remains the NHL’s most marketable player with endorsement deals with a number of reknowned bands like Gatorade, Adidas, Rogers Communication.

Sidney Crosby has a guaranteed income of $104,400,000 with an average yearly salary of $8,700,000 till the contract ends. His team currently pays him $12,000,000 base salary with a cap hit of $8,700,000 in the 2015-16 NHL season.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Ice Hockey Players 2016

1. Sidney Crosby
2. Shea Webber
3. Zach Praise
4. Ryan Suter
5. Henry Lundquvist
6. Alex Ovechekin
7. Pavel Datsyuk
8. Claudie Giroux
9. Philip Kessel
10. Eric Staal