18. Martin Brodeur ($55 million)
Martin Brodeur broke nearly every goaltender record going during his 21-season NHL career. He also bagged two Winter Olympic golds, two Stanley Cups and five Eastern Conference titles, and even had a rule change named after him. And despite having earned $55 million by the time he retired in 2015, Brodeur remained in the game by taking on an assistant coaching role with the St. Louis Blues.
17. Mark Messier ($55 million)
Widely regarded as one of the all-time great NHL leaders, Mark Messier would undoubtedly be higher up this list had he earned his estimated $55 million fortune more recently, and not in the ’80s and ’90s. Six Stanley Cups, the Conn Smythe Trophy and a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame are just some of the accolades this 15-time All-Star achieved over the course of his 25-year career.
16. Jason Spezza ($55.9 million)
Jason Spezza set out on his path to NHL fame and fortune at an early age – indeed, the Canadian professional began his major junior career at just 15 and represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships three years later. Since then, he’s played for the Ottawa Senators and Binghamton Senators and currently serves as the Dallas Stars’ alternate captain.