As another Stanley Cup Final begins, plenty of viewers are likely watching athletes skate across the ice at 25 mph with hard rubber pucks flying past them at 100 mph and thinking to themselves, “You couldn’t pay me enough to do that.” Of course, it might be worth considering just how much the best hockey players get paid.
The NHL’s top players don’t pull down what their NFL, NBA and MLB counterparts earn, but they’re still clearing eight figures a year in some cases.
Click through for a closer look at the net worth of the NHL’s 15 highest-paid players, made up of their salaries and lucrative endorsements.
Alex Ovechkin Net Worth: $60 million
The wealthiest player in the NHL is Russian phenom turned veteran Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, who scored a major victory over long-time rival Sidney Crosby in this year’s playoffs to advance the Capitals to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1998 and only the third time ever. And while he might not have the Stanley Cup titles of Crosby, he’s won a stunning seven Maurice Richard Trophies as the league’s top goal scorer to go with three Hart Memorial Trophies and three Ted Lindsay Awards.
At $10 million, Ovechkin’s salary alone is below what several of the other top players in the league are earning, but he makes up for that in endorsement deals — nearly $5 million in endorsements this past year.
Sidney Crosby Net Worth: $55 million
Sidney Crosby’s $10.9 million salary puts him outside the top five for pure hockey earnings, but his $4.8 million in annual endorsements immediately places him back among the top-earning hockey players overall. Crosby’s sponsors include valuable sports business brands like Gatorade and Adidas, plus Verizon and Hallmark.
In total, Crosby is one of the wealthiest players in the NHL right now, enjoying a net worth of $55 million to go with two each of the Art Ross, Maurice Richard, Conn Smythe and Hart Memorial Trophies.
Evgeni Malkin Net Worth: $35 million
Hailing from Magnitogorsk in Russia near the border of Kazakhstan, Evgeni Malkin has played second fiddle on the Penguins since he arrived, by virtue of the team also rostering Sidney Crosby. That isn’t to say his talents aren’t appreciated. Due to their consistent high performances, the Penguins have the longest sellout streak in hockey.
Malkin is racking up the hardware for himself, too. He has two Art Ross Trophies to go with his Conn Smythe, Hart Memorial and Lester B. Pearson awards and the three Stanley Cup Championships he has won while paired with Crosby. Malkin’s current eight-year contract has him earning $9.5 million a season through 2021-22 when he’ll be 35 years old.
Ryan Getzlaf Net Worth: $35 million
Longtime Anaheim Duck Ryan Getzlaf is playing on the eight-year, $76 million contract he signed prior to the 2014-15 season, which will pay him $8.25 million a year through the 2021-22 season. He arrived with the team just in time to win the Ducks’ only Stanley Cup championship in just his second season after being taken 19th overall in the 2003 NHL draft. Interestingly, Getzlaf has only been an All-Star once despite a career in which he has scored 875 points in 917 games.
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Patrick Kane Net Worth: $28 million
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has an impressive collection of hardware, having collected the Art Ross, Ted Lindsay, Hart and Conn Smythe Trophies in addition to the three times he’s raised Lord Stanley’s Cup. Kane signed an 8-year, $84 million contract prior to the 2015-16 season that will most likely have him in a Blackhawks uniform into his mid-30s and puts him at the top of the list for NHL salaries.
One issue for Kane, though, could be some waning popularity this season. After having the second-hottest jersey among fans in the 2016-2017 season, Kane’s sweater plunged all the way to eighth for the most recent campaign.
P.K. Subban Net Worth: $25 million
Despite growing up in Toronto, two-time All-Star and 2012-13 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban has been a Montreal Canadiens fan for most of his life. So it probably stung a little when the Habs shipped him to Nashville last offseason. But coming within two wins of the Predators’ first Stanley Cup probably helped soothe his pain. That and his $11 million salary.
Also soothing is the $1.5 million Subban earned in endorsements last year. That’s probably a lot more than he made as a bartender during the 2012 lockout.
Shea Weber Net Worth: $24 million
Shea Weber has long been one of hockey’s premier blue-liners, having been an All-Star on four separate occasions and finishing second in the Norris Trophy voting twice. Meanwhile, the 14-year, $110 million deal he signed with Nashville prior to the 2012-13 season has helped him build a net worth of nearly $25 million.
Weber was also, rather notably, swapped for the prior player on this list — P.K. Subban — in a blockbuster trade between the Canadiens and Predators in June of 2016.
Corey Perry Net Worth: $20 million
At 33, Corey Perry is — barring injury — likely to pass the 1,000 games played mark next year, all of them in Anaheim, where he was drafted when the team was still the Mighty Ducks.
Perry signed an 8-year, $69 million contract prior to the 2013-14 season that makes finishing his career in Anaheim a distinct possibility. While he cleared $10 million for the 2017-18 season, his contract starts to taper off next season, declining in salary by $1 million each year through its final year in the 2020-21 season.
Anze Kopitar Net Worth: $18 million
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar inked an 8-year, $80 million pact prior to the 2015-16 season. The Kings got a quick return on that investment, though: Kopitar won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in the deal’s first year, and he also brought home the Lady Byng Trophy.
Although Kopitar’s $13 million salary for 2017-18 is among the highest in the league, he’s out-earned by some of the other players due to his paltry $100,000 in endorsement deals.
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Jonathan Toews Net Worth: $16 million
The two highest-paid players in hockey aren’t just teammates: Jonathan Toews signed an identical 8-year, $84 million contract in the same offseason as Patrick Kane. With bonuses, they’re both pulling down $13.8 million a year from their hockey salaries alone. Toews, though is padding that with another $2.2 million in payments from endorsement deals.
Toews might not have his famous teammate’s hardware, but the Blackhawks captain still boasts three Stanley Cup championships in addition to the 2009-10 Conn Smythe and the 2012-13 Selke Trophies.
Jamie Benn Net Worth: $15 million
According to The Richest, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn — winner of the 2014-15 Art Ross Trophy — has translated his nine NHL seasons into a net worth of $15 million. However, that is likely to rise based on the 8-year, $76 million contract Benn signed ahead of the 2016-17 season. Having never cleared $6 million in a season prior to that deal, his salary shot up to $13 million this year. With that substantial increase, Benn might be able to build his wealth significantly over the next few years.
Steven Stamkos Net Worth: $14 million
Steven Stamkos has been in a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform since he debuted there at the tender age of 18 in the 2008-09 season. In his sophomore season, Stamkos scored 51 goals en route to the first of his two Maurice Richard Trophies and cement his status as one of the league’s biggest stars.
Stamkos signed an 8-year, $68 million contract extension prior to the 2016-17 season that should keep him in Tampa well into his early 30s. He’ll earn $9.5 million a season through 2020-21.
Jakub Voracek Net Worth: $12 million
According to The Richest, Jakub Voracek has a net worth of $12 million built over his 10 NHL seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers. However, with the 8-year, $66 million contract he signed with Philadelphia in 2015, he should manage to add at least a few more million to that figure before he’s done playing. He was paid $10 million both last season and this season and he should pocket over $9 million in each of the next two years before the deal starts to taper off.
Brent Seabrook Net Worth: $8 million
Chicago has three of the top 15 salaries in hockey. Brent Seabrook — who has been a Blackhawk for his entire career — was drafted 14th overall in 2003, joined the Blackhawks in 2005 and cracked the 1,000 mark for games played this past season, where he netted $9 million. He’ll make the same amount next season, but his contract starts to taper off in the 2019-20 season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov Net Worth: Unavailable
It appears that top-earning NHL forwards come in pairs, as many of the players on this list are there with a teammate. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are in the mix, Jonathan Toews joins fellow Blackhawks first-liner Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby skates for the Penguins with Evgeni Malkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov anchors the line for the Capitals with superstar left-winger Alexander Ovechkin, a relatively curious trend given that the NHL’s hard salary cap makes it more difficult to have multiple big salaries on the same squad.
Born in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in 1992, Kuznetsov was selected 26th overall in the 2010 NHL draft only to delay his first season with Washington until 2013 as he finished his contract with the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. Kuznetsov won a lucrative 8-year, $62.4 million contract from the Capitals this last offseason, and the 27 goals and 83 points this last year likely have the Washington front office feeling pretty good about the decision.
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All net worth figures are from CelebrityNetWorth unless otherwise noted.