An entry-level player can earn a maximum of $850,000 per year. The limit rises throughout the agreement, to $925,000 in 2011. But players on entry-level contracts can earn bonuses (e.g. for reaching benchmarks like goals or goaltender wins)
Jan 8 - 2011, this has now changed t $900,000 the first year up to $1,000,000 the third of an entry level contract.
1 of 5,000 players will make it more than 5 years at the NHL level.
I don't know if it is possible to find salary lists since the NHL started way back in 1917. However, for modern salary lists I suggest you check a good hockey website like that of the Hockey News, the NHL , or that of the NHL Players Association.
there is a minimum salary for nhl players, this changes every year
The National Hockey League does not have a salary cap of any sort, but the existing NHL CBA contains clauses that limit the minimum compensation for all players and the maximum entry-level compensation for players under the age of 25. Article 9 of the NHL CBA limits the maximum yearly compensation for rookies to just over $1 million in salary and 50% of that in signing, reporting and roster bonuses. Performance bonuses are not affected. After a length of time determined by the age of the player when the first contract was signed (not exceeding three years) the limits come off. Source: http://www.washingtonhockey.com/200203/features/sc2.htm
The league average for a player nowadays is approximately $2 million US per year. Entry-level players, that is players that are new to the league, are limited by the league to sign contracts under $1 million per year for their first contract. The top paid player for 2008-09 was Dany Heatley who received $10 million in the first year of a five-year contract. The contract was 'front-loaded', meaning he received the highest yearly amount in the first year and his salary goes down year-by-year. Each team is limited by a 'salary cap' set by the NHL, which sets a maximum that a team can pay its NHL roster of players. In 2008-09 this was $56 million US. Players who are injured or on the minor league 'farm' team are not counted towards this figure. The average time that a player is in the league is between five to ten years. There are over 600 players in the NHL.
NHL Entry Draft was created in 1963.
The nhl salary cap is the amount of money each team gets to pay there players. This way a team cant have a ton of all stars because they wont be able to pay all of them because of the "salary cap". This keeps teams balanced.
The traded NHL player continues to make the salary specified in his contract, but the players new team now assumes the remainder of his salary, not the whole amount of the contract.
Prior to 1982, NHL players were actually slaves captured in Canada. Most were treated very poorly. As a result of daily beatings and poor nutrition, many had their teeth fall out. In 1982, Gary Bettman declared hockey slavery to be against the hockey code, and NHL players were paid. Starting salary for an NHL player in 1982 was a bag of pucks and a set of false teeth.
All of the teams in the NHL have American players.
There are 37 Russian Born Players in NHL
The 2008 NHL entry draft occured on June 20-21