Comprising around 30 teams out of which 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada; National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league. Currently in the 207-18 season Las Vegas, the 31st team gets entry to play the league. NHL has its headquarters in the New York and is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world.
With the history as old as 1917, NHL got started in the Montreal, Quebec after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association. The game has a lot of fans and followers and this is the reason why it is one decorated game. Some of its players are so good that people get amused watching them play. Here we have enlisted the top ten highest paid NHL players. Check them out!
Checkout the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful NHL Players in 2017-2018
10. HENRIK LUNDQVIST – $8,500,000
Born on 2nd March 1982, Henrik Lundqvist is one of those NHL players who earns more than many other players making him rank on the tenth position. He is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has made a record by being the only goaltender in NHL history to record ten 30 win seasons in his first 11 seasons. He also won the Vezina Trophy in the year 2012 for which he was nominated in each of his first three seasons. He was nicknamed as King Henrik by his fellow players and fans for his amazing gameplay. He managed to grab with his team the gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
9. STEVEN STAMKOS – $8,500,000
Born on 7th February 1990, Steven Stamkos is a Canadian professional ice hockey center. He is the dominating captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).He got selected in the 2006 OHL Entry Draft as a first overall pick from the Markham Waxers of the OMHA. He scored 100 goals in the Ontario Hockey League and got the much-desired attention from all around the world. During his entire NHL career, he managed to grab a lot of awards and accomplishments like he wins Maurice Richard Trophy two times for being NHL’s leading goal scorer in the year 2010 and 2012. He also won the NHL Second Team All-Star in two consecutive years 2011 and 2012 and has been named to four NHL All-Star Games in the years 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
8. COREY PERRY – $8,625,000
Corey Perry is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger who was born on 16th may 1985. He is also an alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). During his NHL career till date, he had won a Memorial Cup with the London Knights and a gold medal with Canada at the World Junior Championships. This made him a remarkable hockey player during his major junior career leading him to get a lot of fans and followers. He got selected in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Ducks 28th overall. His major achievements include winning the Stanley Cup with the club in 2007, Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL MVP for the 2010–11 season and won gold medals with Canada at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
7. SIDNEY CROSBY – $8,700,000
He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player born on 7th august 1987. He is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is nicknamed as ‘The Next One’ and “Sid the Kid” by his team mates, fans and followers. He was selected first overall by the Penguins making him one desirable player of the NHL. In his career as an NHL player, he has managed to grab many trophies like Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy, and Lester B. Pearson Trophy. With the Penguins he has signed a long 12-year contract which is worth $104.4 million.
6. P.K. SUBBAN – $9,000,000
Born on 13th May 1989, Pernell-Karl Sylvester or P K Subban is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).For the 2007 NHL Subban got selected as the 43rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round. He has managed to get James Norris Memorial Trophy in the year 2013 for being the NHL’s top defense man. In summer 2016 he got traded to Nashville in exchange for Shea Weber. Subban has won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics representing Canada in Sochi. He is one fierce competitor who plays with an immensity of flare and thus grabbing a lot of fans and followers in his list.
5. EVGENI MALKIN – $9,500,000
Evgeni (Yevgeni) Vladimirovich Malkin was born on 31st July 1986 is a Russian professional ice hockey center. He is the alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) where he is known for his remarkable skill and gameplay making people go crazy for him. He is one of the mots popular and highest earning NHL players of the time. Wearing the jersey no.71, Evgeni is an influential player in his sport. During his entire career, he won many accolades and trophies and thus become one of the most desirable players. It is expected that in the coming days his net worth will increase many times.
4. ALEX OVECHKIN – $9,538,462
Alex is a Russian professional ice hockey winger born on 17th September 1985. He serves as a captain of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). From 2001 to 2005 he played for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague and later get shifted to NHL, Ovechkin. He played again for them in the 2012-13 NHL lockout. He is the recipient of Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year since he scored 52 goals and 54 assists. He is indeed one of the most influential NHL players of the time and therefore one of the highest earning as well. He is a proud winner of World Championship gold medals with Russia three times in his entire hockey tenure.
3. ANZE KOPITAR – $10,000,000
Born on 24th August 1987, Anze Kopitar is a Slovenian professional ice hockey center. He is the captain of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and is one of the most influential and significant figures in the NHL. With his amazing gameplay and skills, he becomes the top third earning player of National Hockey League. He is the first Slovenian player who made his debut in 2006 by being the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He is nicknamed as the Kings’ captain by his fans and followers due to his brilliant ways of playing. He is the recipient of Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016. In the same year, he also got awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly play.
2. JONATHAN TOEWS – $10,500,000
Now when we talk about the highest paid NHL players the name of Jonathan Bryan Toews come by itself. Born on 29th April 1988, Jonathan is a Canadian professional ice hockey center. At present he is the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year and managed to win the same. When he get the captaincy he becomes the second-youngest captain in NHL history (after Sidney Crosby). This elevated his worth and his list of fans and followers many times. He is one of the most influential players and it is expected that in the coming days his net worth and earnings will elevate.
1. PATRICK KANE – $10,500,000
Patrick Timothy Kane II and Jonathan both make the same money and are the highest and top notch NHL players of the present era. Born on 19th November 1988, Patrick is an American professional ice hockey right winger who plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Representing the United States in the Year 2010 and 2014 in the Winter Olympics, Patrick becomes one of the significant NHL players. During his entire career he has grabbed many trophies and accolades like Stanley Cups as a member of the Blackhawks three times, Conn Smythe Trophy in three consecutive years 2010,2013 and 2015, Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player along with Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion in the 2015–16 NHL season.
These are those NHL players that are praised and appreciated all around the world for their amazing gameplay. Their skills and talents have made them the heartthrob of hockey lovers and therefore are also the highest paid players of the time.