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.