Crosby tops Forbes list of highest-paid NHLers

November 28, 2012, 8:14 PM

Sidney Crosby has been listed as the highest-paid player in the National Hockey League by Forbes with a total income of $12.7 million.

Crosby’s annual salary with the Pittsburgh Penguins is $8.7 million, but the face of hockey in Canada makes an additional $4 million through endorsement deals.

The 25-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S. native has deals with and appears in commercials for Tim Hortons, Reebok and Gatorade.

Alexander Ovechkin currently has the highest salary in the NHL after signing a 13-year, $124 million contract with the Washington Capitals and is No. 2 on the list. The Great 8 partners with Nike, Gatorade and Bauer to earn $2.5 million on top of his $9.5 million annual salary.

Other notable players on the list include Crosby’s teammates Evgeni Malkin, Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos and Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla.

The list is comprised of a combination of the players’ salary plus what they earn from various endorsement deals.

Here are the top 15 highest-paid NHLers:

1. Sidney Crosby

Total income: $12.7 million

Average salary: $8.7 million

Endorsements: $4 million (Tim Hortons, Reebok, Gatorade)

2. Alex Ovechkin

Total income: $12 million

Average salary: $9.5 million

Endorsements: $2.5 million (Nike, Gatorade, Bauer)

3. Evgeni Malkin

Total income: $9.1 million

Average salary: $8.7 million

Endorsements: $400,000

4. Eric Staal

Total income: $8.5 million

Average salary: $8.25 million

Endorsements: $250,000

5. Steven Stamkos

Total income: $8.3 million

Average salary: $7.5 million

Endorsements: $800,000 (Nike, Bauer, Tissot watches, EA Sports NHL 12)

6 (tie). Shea Weber

Total income: $8 million

Average salary: $7.9 million

Endorsements: $100,000

6 (tie). Rick Nash

Total income: $8 million

Average salary: $7.8 million

Endorsements: $150,000 (Under Armour)

8. Vincent Lecavalier

Total income: $7.9 million

Average salary: $7.7 million

Endorsements: $150,000

9. Jarome Iginla

Total income: $7.8 million

Average salary: $7 million

Endorsements: $750,000

10. Zach Parise

Total income: $7.74 million

Average salary: $7.54 million

Endorsements: $200,000

11. Marian Gaborik

Total income: $7.65 million

Average salary: $7.5 million

Endorsements: $150,000

12 (tie). Ryan Suter

Total income: $7.6 million

Average salary: $7.5 million

Endorsements: $50,000

12 (tie). Dany Heatley

Total income: $7.6 million

Average salary: $7.5 million

Endorsements: $75,000

14. Jonathan Toews

Total income: $7.5 million

Average salary: $6.3 million

Endorsements: $1.2 million (Bauer Hockey, Canadian Tire, Chevrolet)

15. Scott Gomez

Total income: $7.46 million

Average salary: $7.36 million

Endorsements: $100,000

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