Athletes for teams within major leagues of a sport are paid extremely well for playing sports. Many who follow sports are well aware of this, but for those who don’t, consider this article by Fox Sports which highlighted the highest-paid athletes around the world in 2017.
Clearly, the NBA dominates this list, with eight of their players (including LeBron James and Kevin Durant) earning tens of millions of dollars. Soccer players are also paid very well, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both earning close to $100 million USD for both playing on their European teams as well as through highly-lucrative endorsement deals. Strangely absent from this list, however, were hockey players. Hockey is a worldwide sport, most commonly played in North America, Europe, and Russia, but the highest earners for the sport are missing from the Fox Sports list on the highest paid athletes in the world.
With the 2018-2019 NHL season well underway, here is a look at how much some of the league’s top players in each team in the Central Division are earning according to Hockey-Reference.com.
Besides being the highest-paid in the Central Division, these players are also some of the highest-paid in the entire NHL. Within the United States, the highest salaries tend to be around the $12 million range, with a few earning around $13 million.