The richest hockey players in the world are earning well both on and off the ice.
Hockey is one of the most well-loved sports in Canada and the US, and the richest hockey players in history certainly reap the rewards.
The professional National Hockey League is made up of 30 teams, and dates all the way back to 1917 when it was first established in Montreal. The majority of players are Canadian-born, but many come from the US and Russia, as well as twenty other nations throughout the world.
According to Forbes, the five most valuable clubs with the most money to spend on players, are the New York Rangers ($1.2 billion), the Montreal Canadiens ($1.18 billion), the Toronto Maple Leaves ($1.15 billion), the Chicago Blackhawks ($925 million), and the Boston Bruins ($750 million).
15. Brian Rafalski – net worth $45 million
Brian Rafalski famously struggled to get onto an NHL team, playing for teams in the European Leagues for four seasons instead. Sporting News even named him “the best hockey player in the world not playing in the NHL”.
Rafalski was finally signed by the New Jersey Devils in 1999, and proved to be a valuable defensive player. Despite his initial struggles to enter the NHL, he officially signed a massive $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, and set a career high for the number of goals, becoming one of the richest hockey players in the world in the process.