Hockey has always been one of America’s favorite sports, but the National Hockey League is even bigger than hockey itself. It is considered the premier professional ice hockey league in the whole world. It is one of the major professional sport leagues in the US and Canada.
In hockey, goalies play a very crucial role. If you’re wondering who the top highest paid goalies in the NHL are for this year, check the list out – your favorite goalie might just be in the top 10.
10. Jimmy Howard: $5,500,000
James Russell Howard signed a 6-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings from 2013 to 2019. For 2013-14, his NHL salary is an expected $5.5 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus. Jimmy, a native of New York, began his pro career with a 2005-06 season with the AHL Grand Rapid Griffins. He was occasionally called up to play for the Detroit Red Wings. He was named the Detroit Red Wings’ rookie of the year for 2009-2010, as voted by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, and was named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Team
9. Carey Price: $5,750,000
Carey Price, a native of Vancouver, is currently with the Montreal Canadiens. He was selected as the Canadiens’ first round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a 6-year contract with the Canadiens worth a total value of $39 million, with a salary of $5.75 million for the 2013-14 season. He was trained to play as a goalie by his father in Williams Lake, a five-and-a-half-hour drive by car from his hometown. His father subsequently bought a plane to fly him, instead of taking the 10-hour round trip 3 times a week.
8. Marc-Andre Fleury: $5,750,000
Marc-Andre Fleury is a goaltender playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is known as the “Flower”, which is the English translation of his last name. His goalie masks always have a fleur-de-lys on their back plate, and sometimes features some flower artwork, along with his initials EFGT. He signed his 7-year contract in 2008 for 7 years. For 2013-14, his expected salary is at $5.75 million, just like that of Price. He was a member of the NHL All Star in 2011, and the 2011 Team MVP of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
7. Tuukka Rask: $6,000,000
Tuukka Mikael Rask plays for the Boston Bruins. In the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, The Finnish goaltender was drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Maple Leads. In 2006, his rights were traded to the Bruins as an exchange for Raycroft. He recently signed an 8-year contract with the Bruins, from 2013 to 2021. For the 2013-14 season, his salary is set at $6,000,000.
6. Kari Lehtonen: $6,250,000
Kari Lehtonen is a goalie playing for the Dallas Stars. He was born in Helsinki, Finland, and was drafted second overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He started out with the Atlanta Thrashers, and was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars for Ivan Vishnevskiy. He has a 5-year contract with the Dallas Stars, from 2013 to 2018, for a total value of $29.5 million. He was awarded the Best Goalkeeper award, and won a Silver Medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championship.
5. Ryan Miller: $6,250,000
Ryan Miller, a native of Vancouver, is known for his hybrid goaltending style. He plays for the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan was named the US hockey team’s MVP during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2010, he also won the Vezina Trophy as the best goaltender for the 2009-10 season. He signed a 5-year contract from 2010 to 2014 with the Sabres, for a total value of $31.25 million. His salary for this season is $6.25 million.
4. Cam Ward: $6,600,000
Cameron Kenneth Ward plays for the Carolina Hurricanes. He was born in Saskatchewan, but was raised in Alberta, Canada. He won the Gold Medal in the 2007 IIHF World Championship, and was part of the NHL All-Star Game in 2011. Cam signed a $37.8 million contract for 6 years with the Hurricanes from 2010 to 2016. He is the first rookie goalie to win the NHL championship as a starter since Patrick Roy in 1986.
3. Roberto Luongo: $6,714,000
The third highest paid goalie this season is Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Born in Quebec, he has both Irish and Italian lineage. He uses the butterfly style, and is a two-time NHL Second All-Star in 2004 and 2007. His current contract is worth $64 million, from 2010 through 2022, a total of 12 years. His salary for this season is at $6.714 million, making him the 3rd highest paid goaltender for this season. Roberto is a golfer and he likes to lay poker. He is also involved in many charities, and like other Canucks players, he has spent some of his time in a children’s hospice in Vancouver, the Canuck Place. He also pays for a spectator’s box in Rogers Arena for underprivileged children to watch home games.
2. Jonathan Quick: $7,000,000
One of the highest paid goaltenders in 2013 goes is Jonathan Douglas Quick. Jonathan plays for the Los Angeles Kings. He was a silver medalist with the US hockey team during the 2010 Winter Olympics. He also won his First Stanley Cup back in 2012 with the Kings. He was given the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. His current contract is for 10 years, from 2013 to 2023. For this season, he is expected to end up $7 million richer. Jonathan is married, and has a daughter and a son.
1. Pekka Rinne: $7,000,000
Sharing the same salary with Jonathan is the Finnish Pekka Rinne, playing for the Nashville Predators. His contract is for 7 years, from 2012 to 2019. In both 2011 and 2012, Pekka was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. He also uses the butterfly style, dropping to his knees to block low shots on goal. He is also the third tallest starting goalie in the NHL, standing at 6 foot 5 inches. Pekka recently got engaged in May 2013. His current salary for 2012-13 is $7 million.
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