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NHL Fortune: $123,220,893

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Alex Ovechkin’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$123,220,893 (US$135,997,004 in today's dollars), ranking #3 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2005-06 $984,200 $1,303,565 333
2006-07 $984,200 $1,262,826 364
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $984,200 $1,227,805 376
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $9,000,000 $10,812,541 2 $8,015,800 814%
Signed a $124M, 13-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals paying him $9M/year for the first 6 seasons and $10M/year the following 7 seasons. He did not use an agent, negotiating directly with the owner and General Manager of the Caps.
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2009-10 $9,000,000 $10,850,844 2
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2010-11 $9,000,000 $10,675,686 3
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2011-12 $9,000,000 $10,349,160 5
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2012-13 $5,268,293 $5,935,348 11 ($3,731,707) -41%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $9,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2013-14 $9,000,000 $9,992,874 8 $3,731,707 71%
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2014-15 $10,000,000 $10,925,910 7 $1,000,000 11%
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2015-16 $10,000,000 $10,913,003 6
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2016-17 $10,000,000 $10,777,051 8
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2017-18 $10,000,000 $10,552,383 8
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2018-19 $10,000,000 $10,300,665 10
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2019-20 $10,000,000 $10,117,343 20
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
2020-21 $10,000,000 $10,000,000 13
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL plays a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries are not pro-rated but 10% of $10,000,000 is deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season has been increased to 20% and performance bonuses are pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
Source: ESPN / NHLPA
Total:
US$123,220,893

In today's dollars:
US$135,997,004
NHL Rank:
3

In today's dollars:
6

Interesting animated bar chart race showing that 36 players and 1 commissioner appeared, in the past 25 years, in the yearly Top Ten NHL/hockey fortunes accumulated. Jaromir Jagr is #1 in total hockey earnings since 2002-03 and will be taken over in 2-3 years by Crosby and Ovechkin. How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

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