Professional hockey players are fast on their skates, ruthless on the ice, and have a boatload of money in their bank accounts. The net worth of these athletes is quite something, with sums going into nine figures (yes, we're talking about you, Wayne Gretzky). So keep reading because it's time to learn the net worth of the richest NHL players.
Martin Brodeur: $55 Million
For 21 out of his 22 seasons in the NHL, Martin Brodeur acted as the goaltender for the New Jersey Devils. Considered one of the best to play the position, Brodeur helped the Devils win five Eastern Conference championships and three Stanley Cup victories during his career.
As of 2020, Brodeur secured the position of Advisor of Hockey Operations for the Devils. Between the new position and his long career as a player, Brodeur has secured a net worth of $55 million.
Chris Pronger: $65 Million
Even though he's considered one of the "dirtier" players in the NHL, Chris Pronger wasn't without skill. Playing in the National Hockey League from 1993 until retirement in 2011, Pronger made his way to the Stanley Cup Finals three times, finally winning in 2007 with the Ducks.
In 2017, he signed on to be the senior advisor of hockey operations for the Florida Panthers ice hockey team. As of 2021, Pronger's net worth is $65 million.
Joe Sakic: $60 Million
After playing in the NHL for 21 seasons, Joe Sakic learned a thing or two about becoming a team leader. In fact, his skills as a captain have him ranked as one of the best, if not the best leader, to come out of the NHL.
Retired from the sport in 2009, Sakic now acts as the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for his former team, the Colorado Avalanche. As of 2021, his net worth is a whopping $60 million.
Mario Lemieux: $200 Million
Mario Lemieux is widely considered one of the greatest hockey players of all time, earning the nickname "the Magnificent One" during his 17 seasons in the NHL. A five-time Stanley Cup champion, Lemieux retired with a 1.883 points-per-game average, a number that ranks him second in NHL history, directly behind Wayne Gretzky.
After hanging up his skates, Lemieux became an owner of the Scranton Penguins. As of 2021, his current net worth is $200 million.
Pavel Bure: $70 Million
Pavel Bure secured the nickname "the Russian Rocket" for his ability to sprint down the ice. The former right-wing played in the NHL for 12 seasons before retiring in 2005, even though he hadn't played since 2003 because of multiple knee injuries.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2012. As of 2021, his net worth is $70 million.
Joe Thornton: $60 Million
NHL center Joe Thornton has played professionally since 1997. First drafted by the Boston Bruins, Thornton moved on to the San Jose Sharks before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the start of the 2020 season.
Thornton has used his skills as one of the best passers in the league to his advantage, raking up a nice net worth over the years. As of 2021, he's worth a solid $60 million.
Marian Gaborik: $64.1 Million
In 2000, Marian Gaborik became the highest draft pick for a Slovak player in NHL history, going to play for the Minnesota Wild. Playing for the Wild, Gaborik secured the team's first-ever goal and is currently their leading scorer.
While he's played for multiple teams since his first season in 1998, Gaborik didn't see a Stanley Cup win until his time on the Los Angeles Kings in 2014. As of 2021, his net worth is $64.1 million.
Wayne Gretzky: $250 Million
Wayne Gretzky earned the nickname "the Great One" for a reason. Considered one of the best hockey players ever to hit the ice, Gretzky held 61 National Hockey League records upon his retirement from the sport in 1999.
The four-time Stanley Cup champion is now journeying into other business ventures, including owning and operating multiple restaurants, a winery and distillery, and even publishing a few books. As of 2021, his net worth is $250 million.
Paul Kariya: $55 Million
Paul Kariya has a solid 15-season career as a left-wing in the NHL. Hopping around four teams during that time, Kariya played for the NHL First All-Star Team three times, has a silver medal from the 1994 Winter Olympics, and made it to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003 (unfortunately, his team didn't win).
After one too many concussions, Kariya was forced to retire in 2011. But that early retirement didn't exactly hurt his net worth, which is currently a solid $55 million.
Pavel Datsyuk: $50 Million
The "Magic Man" Pavel Datsyuk is known for his incredible creativity with the puck and his tricky stickhandling, making him a force in the NHL. From 2001 until 2016, he played in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, helping the team win two Stanley Cup championships during his time.
As of 2020, Datsyuk traded in the NHL for the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), signing a one-year contract with the Avtomobilist. His current net worth is $50 million.
Keith Tkachuk: $50 Million
Keith Tkachuk played in the NHL from 1991 until his retirement in 2010. All of those years sprinting up and down the ice secured his position as one of the best American-born players in the league.
While he doesn't play anymore, Tkachuk gets to enjoy watching both of his sons on the ice, as they're both keeping the family name alive in the NHL. Currently, Tachuk's net worth is $50 million.
Nicklas Lidstrom: $60 Million
Nicklas Lidstrom went a total of 20 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, managing to bring the team to the playoffs each year. While he made it to the playoffs each season, Lindstrom only managed four Stanley Cup wins.
The defenseman was voted into 12 NHL All-Star games and is widely considered one of the greatest NHL players of all time. As of 2021, he has a respectable net worth of $60 million.
Alexander Ovechkin: $80 Million
Alexander Ovechkin, aka "Ovie," has played as a professional since 2001, beginning his career on the Russian team, Dynamo Moscow, before moving on to the NHL in 2004. That year, he was selected as a first-round draft pick by the Washington Capitals.
As of 2021, Ovie is the captain of the Washington team and has won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy and the Hart Memorial Trophy for the most valuable player. His current net worth is $80 million.
Jason Spezza: $43 Million
Jason Spezza is one of those players that couldn't stay off the ice. He began his career in the major juniors when he was only 15. By the time he was 16, he had made the World Junior Championship, one of three players in history to do so at that age.
Currently, Spezza is playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after signing a $700,000 extension in 2020. His net worth is $43 million.
Wade Redden: $45 Million
Wade Redden played in the NHL from 1996 until 2013, with a majority of his time spent as a defenseman for the Ottawa Senators. He's a two-time NHL All-Star and has also won a gold medal in the World Cup of Hockey as well as two gold medals for the World Junior Championships.
In 2016, he rejoined the hockey world as an Assistant Director of Player Development for the Nashville Predators. As of 2021, his net worth is $45 million.
Brad Richards: $45 Million
Drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998, Brad Richards soon showed he was a force on the ice. During his time in the NHL, Richards helped bring his team two Stanley Cup victories, securing the Conn Smythe Trophy for the Most Valuable Player during the 2004 playoff season.
Richards announced his retirement from the sport in 2016 and hasn't been active with the league since. But it hasn't stopped him from securing a solid net worth of $45 million.
Thomas Vanek: $38 Million
For 14 years, Thomas Vanek was a left-winger in the National Hockey League, playing for multiple teams, including the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, and the Montreal Canadiens, to name a few.
In 2018, Vanek signed a one-year contract worth a whopping $3 million. Of course, he played the season. Then, in 2020, he announced his retirement from the NHL. Currently, he has a net worth of $38 million.
Ryan Suter: $45 Million
Ryan Suter is pretty much NHL royalty, with his father being one of the players to win the "Miracle on Ice" back in 1980. Starting with the Nashville Predators, it didn't take long for Suter to move up the ranks and be offered a 13-year $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.
He took the deal and had played with the Wild ever since. His current net worth is $45 million.
Alexei Yashin: $42 Million
Alexei Yashin played in the National Hockey League for 12 seasons, serving as captain for both the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators. For his time in the NHL, as well as the RSL and KHL, in 2020, Yashin was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
As of 2012, he's been the general manager for Russia women's national ice hockey team. His current net worth is $42 million.
Brian Leetch: $37 Million
During his 18 years in the NHL, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and the Boston Bruins, Brian Leetch became known for his playmaking abilities, skating, and skills as both a D-man and offensive player. In 2008, he was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
In 2015, he took up the position of the NHL's manager of player safety. He left after one year. As of 2021, his net worth is $37 million.