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Canada’s highest paid hockey players

Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder writer

With the Stanley Cup playoffs around the corner, we decided to turn our attention to Canada’s ultimate national pastime: Hockey.

There’s little that is more Canadian than hockey — the NHL was founded in Canada, it’s our national winter sport, and despite the fact that Canada is home to only six of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, more than 40 percent of the players in the NHL hail from north of the border. Which is why it’s not surprising that Canadian hockey players are some of the highest paid in the league.

In fact, out of the top 20 highest-paid players in the NHL (based on cap number) 11 are from Canada.

Here, a rundown of the nation’s highest paid hockey players.

1. Sidney Crosby

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Hometown: Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

Average annual salary: $8.7 million*

2. Eric Staal

Team: Carolina Hurricanes

Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario

Salary: $8.25 million

3. Brad Richards

Team: Dallas Stars

Hometown: Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island

Salary: $7.8 million

4. Rick Nash

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets

Hometown: Brampton, Ontario

Salary: $7.8 million

5. Vincent Lecavalier

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning

Hometown: L’Île-Bizard, Quebec

Salary: $7.727 million

6. Dany Heatley

Team: San Jose Sharks

Hometown: Though he was born in Germany, Heatley grew up in Calgary, Alberta

Salary: $7.5 million

7. Joe Thornton

Team: San Jose Sharks

Hometown: St. Thomas, Ontario

Salary: $7.2 million

8. Brian Campbell

Team: Chicago Blackhawks

Hometown: Strathroy, Ontario

Salary: $7.14 million

9. Jarome Iginla

Team: Calgary Flames

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Salary: $7 million

10. Jason Spezza

Team: Ottawa Senators

Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario

Salary: $7 million

 11. Patrick Marleau

Team: San Jose Sharks

Hometown: Aneroid, Saskatchewan

Salary: $6.9 million

*Based on player’s current contract

**Salary information provided by and, based on 2010-2011 season.

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