The salary expectations are based on the player’s ability as well as the leagues budget level. The leagues with a larger audience base will pay much more then a small town team with a arena that hold less then 5,000 spectators. Here is an example of what you could earn:
KHL – 75,000 to 5million
Swiss NLA – 90,000 to 500,000
Sweden SHL – 55,000 to 275,000
Finland Liiga – 40,000 to 200,000
Czech Extraliga – 50,000 to 190,000
German DEL – 45,000 to 150,000
Swiss NLB – 50,000 to 140,000
Austria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, SLovakia EBEL League – 25,000 to 135,000
UK EIHL – 25,000 to 100,000
Sweden Allsvenskan – 20,000 to 65,000
Norway Get Ligaen – 20,000 to 60,000
German DEL 2 – 20,000 to 40,000
Austria, Italy, Slovenia ALPS League – 15,000 to 40,000
Denmark Metal Ligaen – 15,000 to 35,000
France Magnus – Under 50,000
Slovakia Extraliga – Under 40,000
Sweden Division 1 – Under 35,000
Finland MESTIS – Under 35,000
German Oberliga – Under 30,000
France Division 1 – Under 20,000
UK NIHL – Under 20,000
Belgium/Netherlands BeNe League – Under 20,000
Poland Ekstraliga – Under 50,000
Italy – Elite – Under 40,000
Top League in Asia – 40,000 to 200,000
AHL – 43,000 to 300,000
ECHL – 475 to 1100 per week
SPHL – 200 to 500 per week
FHL – 200 to 500 per week
LNAH – varied per team
All figures are USD based. Leagues not listed usually provide Room & Board with the possibility of working a job.
Some lower leagues may have a small salary, varies based on team and country, but don’t expect to make a lot, mostly a life experience.
The top leagues in Europe look at a players career stats. You need to have decent stats from the NHL, AHL or ECHL top be considered for the top leagues in Europe.
The 2nd Division teams in Europe require AHL, ECHL experience.
The 3rd Division teams will look at top NCAA, USPORTS, CHL Junior players with good stats.
The lower leagues will allow some players to play depending on their import rules.
You need to build your career in the ECHL or AHL to move onto the Paying jobs in European Hockey.
Exceptions to some of the rules do occur if you have the ability to obtain a countries passport or citizenship due to your parents or grandparents place of origin.
Without a Agent it is very difficult to earn a decent spot on a European Team. Do your homework and we hope to help.