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All-time salary earners

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Jaromir Jagr is poised to become the game’s first-ever $100 million salary earner should he decide to continue his NHL career next season.

Jagr has earned $98,038,851 (U.S.) since entering the NHL in 1990-91, according to information on That’s by far the most of any player in the history of the game, although Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux surely earned more than that when endorsement deals and other business ventures are factored in.

The following top 10 list shows active players who have earned the most since former union head Bob Goodenow introduced salary disclosure in 1990. Some players who were active prior to 1990 do not have those figures included in their totals, but none would have cracked the top 10. Chris Chelios, for example, is at just over $48 million, not including his seven seasons earning less than $500,000 prior to 1990.

No goalies made the top 10. The top active stoppers are Dominik Hasek ($55.9m), Martin Brodeur ($52.3m) and Curtis Joseph ($50.7m).

10. Peter Forsberg, $65.4 million

9. Chris Pronger, $66.2 million

8. Mike Modano, $70.1 million

7. Paul Kariya, $70.7 million

6. Rob Blake, $72.0 million

5. Nicklas Lidstrom, $73.1 million

4. Keith Tkachuk, $73.7 million

3. Mats Sundin, $74.0 million

2. Joe Sakic, $87.2 million

1. Jaromir Jagr, $98.0 million

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