The 20 top-earning hockey stars going into NHL season

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Hockey is back as the 2016 NHL season commences on Oct. 12 with four games slated for opening day on the NHL schedule. To celebrate the new season, here are the 20 richest hockey players based on cap hit data from Spotrac.com, which tracks sports contracts.

Click through to see the richest hockey players living the high life as the 2016 NHL season begins:

21 PHOTOS
Top-earning hockey players
See Gallery
Top-earning hockey players

Jason Spezza — Dallas Stars

Cap Hit: $7.5 Million

Stars center Jason Spezza, who has a net worth of $43 million, is entering the second year of a four-year, $30 million contract that pays him an average annual salary of $7.5 million. Spezza, who did not receive a signing bonus, will become a free agent in 2019. He's earned $64.98 million since 2002.

Ryan O'Reilly — Buffalo Sabres

Cap Hit: $7.5 Million

Ryan O'Reilly signed a seven-year, $52.5 million contract that includes an overall $45.5 million signing bonus and an average annual salary of $7.5 million. The center, who becomes a free agent in 2023, has earned $24.64 million since he entered the league in 2009.

Ryan Suter — Minnesota Wild

Cap Hit: $7.54 Million

Star defenseman Ryan Suter is entering the fifth year of a 13-year, $98 million contract that includes an overall signing bonus of $25 million. He will be paid an average annual salary of $7.54 million until his contract is up and he becomes a free agent in 2025. He has earned $60.83 million since 2005.

Zach Parise — Minnesota Wild

Cap Hit: $7.54 Million

Like his teammate Ryan Suter, Zach Parise is just starting the fifth year of a 13-year, $98 million contract that includes an overall signing bonus of $25 million. The left wing will earn an average annual salary of $7.54 million until he becomes a free agent in 2025. He has earned a reported $63.08 million since 2005.

Dustin Byfuglien — Winnipeg Jets

Cap Hit: $7.6 Million

Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is starting a five-year, $38 million contract that pays him an average annual salary of $7.6 million. Byfuglien becomes a free agent in 2021. He has earned $35.06 million since 2005.

Rick Nash — New York Rangers

Cap Hit: $7.8 Million

Rick Nash is under an eight-year, $62.4 million contract that pays him an average of $7.8 million a year until he becomes a free agent in 2018. The left wing received no signing bonus. He has earned a combined $72.42 million since he was drafted in 2002. He has a net worth of $20 million.

Shea Weber — Montreal Canadiens

Cap Hit: $7.86 Million

Montreal defenseman Shea Weber signed a 14-year contract that pays him $110 million with an overall $68 million signing bonus. He will earn an average annual salary of $7.86 million until his contract expires in 2026. Weber, whose net worth is estimated at $24 million, has earned a combined $90.83 million since 2005. This summer, Weber was traded to the Canadiens from the Predators.

Ryan Getzlaf — Anaheim Ducks

Cap Hit: $8.25 Million

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf signed an eight-year, $66 million contract that comes with an overall $5 million signing bonus and pays him an average of $8.25 million per year until he becomes a free agent in 2021. Dating back to 2005, his career earnings total $50.97 million. His net worth is estimated at $35 million.

Jakub Voracek — Philadelphia Flyers

Cap Hit: $8.25 Million

Philadelphia right winger Jakub Voracek earned an eight-year, $66 million contract extension that includes an overall $21.5 million signing bonus. He'll earn an average annual salary of $8.25 million until he becomes a free agent in 2024. He has earned a total of $20.11 million since entering the league in 2007.

Claude Giroux — Philadelphia Flyers

Cap Hit: $8.28 Million

Flyers center Claude Giroux is in the third year of an eight-year contract that pays him a total of $66.2 million, including an overall signing bonus of $9 million. He will earn an average annual salary of $8.28 million until he becomes a free agent in 2022. He has an estimated net worth of $16 million and has earned $31.35 million since 2007.

Henrik Lundqvist — New York Rangers

Cap Hit: $8.5 Million

Legendary Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is entering the third year of a seven-year, $59.5 million contract, which includes an overall signing bonus of $8 million. He will earn an average annual salary of $8.5 million a year until he becomes a free agent in 2021. He has earned $67.4 million since 2005 and has an estimated net worth of $35 million.

Steven Stamkos — Tampa Bay Lightning

Cap Hit: $8.5 Million

Lightning center Steven Stamkos is entering the first year of an eight-year, $68 million contract that pays him an average annual salary of $8.5 million. Stamkos, who becomes a free agent in 2024, has a net worth of $14 million — a small estimate considering, since he was drafted in 2008, he has earned a combined $58.18 million.

Corey Perry — Anaheim Ducks

Cap Hit: $8.63 Million

Ducks right winger Corey Perry is in the fourth year of an eight-year, $69 million contract that includes an overall $20 million signing bonus. He will earn an average annual salary of $8.63 million until he becomes a free agent in 2021. Perry, who has an estimated net worth of $20 million, has earned $51.76 million since 2005.

Sidney Crosby — Pittsburgh Penguins

Cap Hit: $8.7 Million

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby has a 12-year, $104.4 million contract that pays him an average of $8.7 million annually until he becomes a free agent in 2025. The Penguins center has a net worth of $55 million and has earned $87.5 million since he was drafted in 2005.

P.K. Subban — Nashville Predators

Cap Hit: $9 Million

Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is entering the third year of an eight-year, $72 million contract he originally signed with the Montreal Canadiens. When including his overall $25.5 million signing bonus, he earns an average annual salary of $9 million until he becomes a free agent in 2022. He has a net worth of $25 million and has earned $26.84 million since 2009.

Evgeni Malkin — Pittsburgh Penguins

Cap Hit: $9.5 Million

Rounding out the five highest-paid athletes on this list is center Evgeni Malkin. He enters the third year of an eight-year, $76 million contract. He'll earn an average annual salary of $9.5 million until he becomes a free agent in 2022, plus a $5 million signing bonus in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Malkin, who has been paid $70.27 million since 2005, has a net worth of $25 million.

Alex Ovechkin — Washington Capitals

Cap Hit: $9.54 million

Left wing Alex Ovechkin is in the ninth year of a massive 13-year, $124 million contract that pays him an average annual salary of $9.54 million until he becomes a free agent in 2021. Ovechkin, who has a net worth of $60 million, has earned $73.22 million since 2005.

Anze Kopitar — Los Angeles Kings

Cap Hit: $10 Million

Kings center Anze Kopitar is in the second year of an eight-year, $80 million contract that includes an overall signing bonus of $18 million. That contract pays him an average salary of $10 million per year. Estimates of Kopitar's net worth are low, at $18 million. He has earned $49.25 million since he was drafted in 2005.

Patrick Kane — Chicago Blackhawks

Cap Hit: $10.5 Million

Right winger Patrick Kane earns an average of $10.5 million a year as part of an eight-year, $84 million contract that began in 2015 and includes an overall $44 million signing bonus. Kane has earned $45.44 million since joining the league in 2007. He becomes a free agent in 2023.

Jonathan Toews — Chicago Blackhawks

Cap Hit: $10.5 Million

Topping our list is Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews. He enters the second year of an eight-year, $84 million contract that includes an overall $44 million signing bonus. He earns an average annual salary of $10.5 million until he becomes a free agent in 2023.

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Up Next: The Top-Earning NBA Stars

Contract and earnings data according to Spotrac.com unless otherwise noted. Net worth figures are indicative of assets versus liabilities. All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.

More from GOBankingRates:
Highest-Paid Baseball Players in the MLB Playoffs
The Best Things to Buy at Walmart and Target
Best Credit Unions Anyone Can Join

Read Full Story

Want more news like this?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners