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Friday, October 23, 2009

Gretzky & Lemieux Born 10 Years Too Soon!

HockeyZonePlus.com has updated its unique NHL salary history database to include 2009-2010. It is interesting to note where Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux rank in the overall fortunes accumulated playing in the NHL: While Jaromir Jagr is still on top, with nearly $100M, Lemieux is 40th with $48,926,829 while Gretzky is 65th with $40,521,616. Talk about being born 10 years too soon! Not that it would change the lifestyle that much, mind you.

Overall, 30 players have accumulated more than $50M while 151 accumulated more than $25M (if Glen Wesley can make a comeback long enough to justify a $5,000 payckeck, that would make it 152.)

Sergei Fedorov has made $65,519,036 but apparently managed to "invest" and lose most of it.

The Small Print: Figures in US$. Salaries paid in Canadian currency by Canadian teams, in the early 90s, were converted to $US as per the January exchange rate of the given seasons. Some players have two-way contracts and have received lower salaries than those listed when playing in farm clubs. The listed salaries were gathered from different sources and while they closely reflect reality, they are not necessarily exact. Of course, that is from their NHL salaries only and it does not take into account any other revenue streams such as endorsements, summer jobs, business ventures, being a Mary Kay independent consultant to supplement revenues, etc. Base salaries are usually shown as bonuses are generally not made public. Totals do take into account the fact that players received only +/-58% of their salary during the 1994-95 season because of a strike (48 games played instead of 84). Some players possibly had contracts stipulating that they were paid despite a strike but we have no information in that regard. During the 2004-05 lockout, some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so. It is not included in the Grand Total because we have no information about the salaries they made in those leagues. Figures shown represent earnings; investment results may vary - ask Sergei Fedorov. Still reading? How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

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Brodeur Leads Top 10 NHL Goalie Fortunes with $62M

HockeyZonePlus.com has updated its unique NHL salary history database to include 2009-2010.

Top Ten Accumulated Fortunes by Goalies:

  1. Martin Brodeur ($62,653,018)
  2. Patrick Roy ($56,771,988)
  3. Dominik Hasek ($55,942,300)
  4. Curtis Joseph ($51,438,000)
  5. Ed Belfour ($49,633,000)
  6. Nikolai Khabibulin ($46,356,518)
  7. Olaf Kolzig ($43,810,000)
  8. Mike Richter ($43,620,000)
  9. Jose Theodore ($39,619,968)
  10. Roberto Luongo ($35,532,500)
The Small Print: Figures in US$. Salaries paid in Canadian currency by Canadian teams, in the early 90s, were converted to $US as per the January exchange rate of the given seasons. Some players have two-way contracts and have received lower salaries than those listed when playing in farm clubs. The listed salaries were gathered from different sources and while they closely reflect reality, they are not necessarily exact. Of course, that is from their NHL salaries only and it does not take into account any other revenue streams such as endorsements, summer jobs, business ventures, being a Mary Kay independent consultant to supplement revenues, etc. Base salaries are usually shown as bonuses are generally not made public. Totals do take into account the fact that players received only +/-58% of their salary during the 1994-95 season because of a strike (48 games played instead of 84). Some players possibly had contracts stipulating that they were paid despite a strike but we have no information in that regard. During the 2004-05 lockout, some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so. It is not included in the Grand Total because we have no information about the salaries they made in those leagues. Figures shown represent earnings; investment results may vary - ask Sergei Fedorov. Still reading? How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

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Jagr Leads Top 10 NHL Fortunes with $98M

HockeyZonePlus.com has updated its unique NHL salary history database to include 2009-2010.

Top Ten Accumulated Fortunes:

  1. Jaromir Jagr ($ 98,038,851)
  2. Joe Sakic ($93,174,047)
  3. Nicklas Lidstrom ($87,965,000)
  4. Paul Kariya ($82,686,100)
  5. Keith Tkachuk ($80,498,674)
  6. Rob Blake ($80,487,982)
  7. Mats Sundin ($79,669,132)
  8. Chris Pronger ($78,700,500)
  9. Mike Modano ($74,587,650)
  10. Pavel Bure ($66,369,794)
The Small Print: Figures in US$. Salaries paid in Canadian currency by Canadian teams, in the early 90s, were converted to $US as per the January exchange rate of the given seasons. Some players have two-way contracts and have received lower salaries than those listed when playing in farm clubs. The listed salaries were gathered from different sources and while they closely reflect reality, they are not necessarily exact. Of course, that is from their NHL salaries only and it does not take into account any other revenue streams such as endorsements, summer jobs, business ventures, being a Mary Kay independent consultant to supplement revenues, etc. Base salaries are usually shown as bonuses are generally not made public. Totals do take into account the fact that players received only +/-58% of their salary during the 1994-95 season because of a strike (48 games played instead of 84). Some players possibly had contracts stipulating that they were paid despite a strike but we have no information in that regard. During the 2004-05 lockout, some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so. It is not included in the Grand Total because we have no information about the salaries they made in those leagues. Figures shown represent earnings; investment results may vary - ask Sergei Fedorov. Still reading? How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mr. Sakic, Please Share the Wealth!

So, Joe Sakic was injured while using a snowblower at home. He is to miss over three months after breaking three fingers and damaging tendons. The good news is that he’s fine. But, one has to wonder what he was doing cleaning up his driveway himself. Or was it his outdoor skating rink? He racked up over $87M in career before this season and people with 5% of his net worth don’t touch a snowblower or lawnmower. You earned it, Joe. Really. Share the wealth. Most teenagers in his upscale neighborhood would probably never be caught dead cleaning a driveway for $20, as they drive around in the Hummer daddy gave them for their 16th birthday but there has to be a few guys, in Denver, that run a snow plowing business out of their 2 pickup trucks and shovels.

Share the wealth. Please.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Flashback: Loom & Gloom - Salaries Must Come Down!

In the 1979 edition of the Hockey News Yearbook, Norm MacLean signs an article entitled Want to Own Your Own Hockey Team? Better Be Prepared. It's High Finances And The Profits Are Small Whether It's The NHL Or The WHA. Or, if you prefer the short version: Loom & Gloom - Salaries Must Come Down!.

The feature starts by highlighting financial issues with the NY Islanders following a string of events that included loaning money to the New Jersey Nets basketball team, losing a lawsuit initiated by Cablevision, and lost revenues after an early playoff exit. The article then broadens into the general financial situation of NHL teams. The average salary of NHLers was $US 92,000, compared to $US 42,000, before the arrival of the WHA seven years earlier (equivalent to 2007 salaries of about $263,000 and 208,000, respectively, according to www.measuringworth.com).

While different than most other industries in pretty much all respects, the sport-industry is no different than others when it comes to ownership talking about salaries. Loom and gloom news about the company and industry.

"Salaries have dropped a bit, but they must come down if the weaker franchises are to stabilized," says former NHL President Clarence Campbell in the 1979 article. "Player salaries must come down - and long multi-year guaranteed contracts have to become few and far between."
"The other owners in the NHL don't help their partners who are in trouble," said Jack Vickers, owners of the Colorado Rockies that were subsequently moved to New Jersey, "Football is better organized than hockey. It may be true the owners had an advantage over the players at one time, but that is long gone. If salaries don't come down, along with other overhead factors such as arena rental, then we may see an eventual shrinkage of the hockey map in the United States."
Thirty years later, there are 12 more NHL teams in the United States and the average salary is estimated at $US 2,215,000, more than 8 times more that 30 years ago in today's value. Shrinkage?

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fortune Accumulated by 2008 NHL All-Star Game Players = $870 Million

Based on its extensive Salary History Database, HockeyZonePlus.com estimates that the aggregated accumulated fortunes of the players participating in the 2008 NHL All-Star game is almost $US 870 million.

The Western Conference players have a total of $473,670,000 while the poor Eastern Conference players tally up $395,920,000.

Nicklas Lidstrom leads the pack with $73 million, followed by Chris Pronger, with $66 million and Martin Brodeur with $52 million.

Paul Stastny will be the poor man on the ice with an accumulated fortune of $1.22M. Guess who'll be asking for a doggie bag at the All-Star Game VIP Dinner Party!

Details are provided below with 2007-08 salaries followed by individual accumulated fortunes. Clicking on a player's name will lead to his specific salary history. The HockeyZonePlus.com Database provides salary history information from 1989 to the present on over 2,600 past and current NHL players.


The Small Print: Salaries paid in Canadian currency by Canadian teams, in the early 90s, were converted to $US as per the January exchange rate of the given seasons. Some players have two-way contracts and have received lower salaries than those listed when playing in farm clubs. The listed salaries were gathered from different sources and while they closely reflect reality, they are not necessarily exact. Of course, that is from their NHL salaries only and it does not take into account any other revenue streams such as endorsements, summer jobs, business ventures, being a Mary Kay independent consultant to supplement revenues, etc. Base salaries are usually shown as bonuses are generally not made public. Totals do take into account the fact that players received only +/-58% of their salary during the 1994-95 season because of a strike (48 games played instead of 84). Some players possibly had contracts stipulating that they were paid despite a strike but we have no information in that regard. During the 2004-05 lockout, some players joined various teams in North America and Europe and were paid to do so. It is not included in the Grand Total because we have no information about the salaries they made in those leagues. Still reading? Tax season is coming up soon. How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

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