The 2016 Stanley Cup finals begin June 1. Following in its wake is the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which takes place between Sept. 17 and Oct. 1, and features eight teams representing countries around the world.
Tickets for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto are on sale now, and it’s your best chance to see some of the best NHL players playing together on the same team. With your favorite players hitting the ice in the 2016 Stanley Cup and World Cup of Hockey, get a look at the top-earning hockey players and salaries from around the world.
The 15 Highest-Paid NHL Players
1. Sidney Crosby Net Worth: $45 Million
Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will play for Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Leading the Pittsburgh Penguins as captain, Crosby commands a $12 million NHL salary, according to celebrity finance source Celebrity Net Worth. Though his earnings pale in comparison to the salaries of the top NBA players, Sidney Crosby’s net worth has hit an impressive $45 million over a 10-year career with the team.
Crosby was a first draft pick for the Penguins. Hailing from Canada, he’s seen massive success in his career. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, and Crosby led Team Canada to two gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. This season, Crosby led all players in the league with 38 points across 29 games.
With Reebok, he holds the largest endorsement deal in hockey, according to Forbes. Although Crosby commands some of the biggest paychecks in hockey, he is not among the richest athletes in his sport. That honor falls on the legendary Wayne Gretzky.
2. Eric Staal Net Worth: $38 Million
Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes second overall during the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Eric Staal has accrued a $38 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Forbes reported his earnings include a $9.5 million salary from a seven-year, $57.75 million contract he signed in 2007.
Staal has also earned $250,000 in endorsements from companies like Bauer, which also has endorsement deals with his brothers Jordan and Marc. In February, the Carolina Hurricanes traded the captain to the New York Rangers.
3. Henrik Lundqvist Net Worth: $35 Million
Henrik Lundqvist, goaltender for the New York Rangers, will play for Team Sweden in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. The Rangers drafted Lundqvist 205th overall during the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Henrik Lundqvist’s net worth of $35 million is owed, in part, to his $10 million salary, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth.
Besides his NHL salary, Lundqvist has earned $700,000 in endorsements through deals with brands like Procter & Gamble, Bauer and Pfizer, according to Forbes.
4. Alexander Ovechkin Net Worth: $30 Million
Russian native Alexander Ovechkin will play for Team Russia in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Celebrity Net Worth puts Alexander Ovechkin’s net worth at $30 million. The hockey star signed a 13-year, $124 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals in 2008.
He and the Capitals lost early in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. Today, his annual salary is $10 million, according to Spotrac, a sports contract resource.
5. Evgeni Malkin Net Worth: $25 Million
Evgeni “Geno” Malkin will play for Team Russia in the hockey World Cup. The player is a Russian Superleague standout that was picked up by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2004 NHL draft. He’s been with the Penguins ever since, winning one Stanley Cup with them in 2008.
In the 2015-2016 season, Malkin commanded a $9.5 million salary. Evgeni Malkin’s net worth is $25 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
6. P.K. Subban Net Worth: $25 Million
P.K. Subban, the Montreal Canadiens’ defense and alternate captain, has a $25 million net worth. He was originally picked up in the 2007 NHL draft. Subban’s been with the team since 2009. In 2014, Subban and the Canadiens reached a salary deal that would pay Subban $72 million over eight years.
7. Shea Weber Net Worth: $24 Million
Nashville Predators defense Shea Weber has a net worth of $24 million. Despite losing to the San Jose Sharks in the 2016 NHL Playoffs, Weber will play for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey later this year.
The Canadian hockey player was picked up by the Predators in the 2003 draft and has since gone on to win gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, among other international competitions. In 2012, Weber received one of the biggest contract offers in the NHL. The Philadelphia Flyers offered him $110 million. Within days, the Predators matched their offer, which Weber accepted.
8. Jonathan Toews Net Worth: $16 Million
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will play for Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The St. Louis Blues took down the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite the loss, Toews isn’t strapped for cash — Forbes reported his salary averages a cool $6.3 million, plus $1.2 million in endorsements. Celebrity Net Worth puts Jonathan Towes’ net worth at $16 million.
In 2014, Toews signed an eight-year contract with the Blackhawks for $84 million. Helping lead the Blackhawks to Stanley Cup victories in 2010 and 2013, Toews is worth the investment.
9. Steven Stamkos Net Worth: $14 Million
Steven Stamkos is known for playing center for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He is slated to play for Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Stamkos signed a five-year, $37.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, which began in the 2011-2012 NHL season, reported Spotrac. After five years with the Lightning, Stamkos is now a free agent, commanding a net worth of $14 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
10. Patrick Kane Net Worth: $12 Million
Patrick Kane, like teammate Jonathan Toews, was offered an eight-year, $84 million contract with the Blackhawks, reported Spotrac. Unlike Toews, Kane will play for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey 2016. A career Blackhawk, Kane was an NHL first draft pick in 2007. Since then, Kane has played in over 650 games and averages nearly one point per game.
A four-time All Star, Kane has won three Stanley Cup trophies for the Blackhawks, scoring the game-winning goal in the 2010 final. Celebrity Net Worth puts Patrick Kane’s net worth at $12 million.
11. Tyler Seguin Net Worth: $10.1 Million
Tyler Seguin plays center for the Dallas Stars and will play for Team Canada come World Cup of Hockey 2016. Seguin suffered from injuries during the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he’s amassed a $10.1 million net worth, reported TheRichest, which tracks celebrity earnings. Spotrac showed Seguin earned a $6 million salary with the Dallas Stars during the 2015-2016 NHL season.
12. Duncan Keith Net Worth: $6.3 Million
Defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks will be playing for Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Keith picked up Stanley Cup wins with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Over the years, Keith has amassed a massive net worth — $6.3 million, to be exact.
13. Connor McDavid Net Worth: Unknown
Connor McDavid is an up-and-coming rookie center who plays for the Edmonton Oilers. This fall, he will play for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey. Connor McDavid’s net worth isn’t known, but the NHL rookie signed a three-year, $11.3 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Spotrac showed he earned a salary of $823,500 in the 2015-2016 NHL season.
14. Jack Eichel Net Worth: Unknown
Jack Eichel plays center for the Buffalo Sabres and will play for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey. The NHL rookie earned a $925,000 salary for the 2015-2016 NHL season and still has two years remaining on his three-year, $11.3 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Jack Eichel’s net worth is not currently known.
15. Carey Price Net Worth: Unknown
Chosen as the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry draft, Carey Price plays goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens. Price will play for Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Although his net worth is unknown, Price signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the Canadiens, earning him a $7 million base salary in the 2015-2016 NHL season.
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