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In the best ice hockey league in the world, millions are juggled and NHL professionals receive sometimes horrific sums. However, this has to be put into perspective.

The NHL is a million dollar business - and is open to it. The sometimes exorbitant player wages are visible to everyone. But the first impression is wrong.

Player agent Rand Simon wrote in North American magazine Hockey News Calculating how much a hypothetical NHL professional with a salary of $ 1,000,000 at the end of the year can still put on the high edge.

The approximate deductions of $ 1,000,000:

  • 180'000 $ (18%): Contributions to the NHL. In order to protect itself against any losses, the organization lets its players pay a fee. This will be repaid if the business goes well.
  • 400'000 $ (~50%): Taxes. These of course vary from state to state and also across national borders. The NHL average tax rate, Link opens in a new window, is just under 50%. The tax amount is only calculated after the NHL tax has been deducted.
  • 35'000 $ (3-6%): Fee for the player's agent. This is also only calculated after the NHL tax has been deducted.

At the end of the day (or in this case, the year), the NHL pro is still running out 500'000 $ or half of what he makes on paper (this includes reimbursement of most of the NHL levy).

Converted to the Swiss cracks

One thing is clear: The NHL professionals still earn princely money with the aforementioned deductions. Nevertheless, the huge sums that circulate in the media during contract negotiations must be put into perspective.

The highest-earning Swiss in the NHL are currently Roman Josi ($ 4,250,000) just ahead of oldie Mark Streit ($ 4,000,000). The following table shows how much Swiss overseas exports can put aside at the end of the year, calculated with the 50% deductions mentioned.

The wages of Swiss NHL players

player
team
Annual wages
What's left
Roman Josi
Nashville Predators
4'250'000 $
2'125'000 $
Mark dispute
Philadelphia Flyers
4'000'000 $
2'000'000 $
Luca Sbisa
Vancouver Canucks
3'600'000 $
1'800'000 $
Nino Niederreiter
Minnesota Wild
3'500'000 $
1'750'000 $
Sven Bärtschi
Vancouver Canucks
1'700'000 $
850'000 $
Timo Meier
San Jose Sharks
925'000 $
462'500 $
Kevin Fiala
Nashville Predators
925'000 $
462'500 $
Sven Andrighetto
Montreal Canadiens
650'000 $
325'000 $
Denis Malgin
Florida panthers
640'000 $
320'000 $
Yannick Weber
Nashville Predators
575'000 $
287'500 $

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  • Comment from Karl Müller (KaMü)
    Professional sport is show business. So: the demand determines the amount of the fee. In addition, for decades, the player agents have been negotiating the salaries for the players and themselves non-stop. The clubs in turn hold harmless to the TV companies. Since we're talking about showbiz, the salaries should be compared with Hollywood etc., certainly not with the salaries of the working population.
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  • Comment from Christian Serena (Christian Serena)
    When I compare what some people write here, I wonder why so many writers are irritated that footballers earn so much more than the oh-so-poor hockey players and that they don't just feel depraved as part of the working population whether the horrendous salaries for athletes. When reading the article, you get the feeling that we should all have pity on these poor swallowers ...
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  • Comment from Adrian s (Asomm)
    If you compare the salaries with the footballers and compare the success, the footballers earn way too much.
    Agree agree to the comment

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