Professional Ice hockey has existed since the early 20th century and is believed to be the third oldest professional sport – behind baseball and American Football. Betting on Ice hockey has risen with the game which now has leagues in North America, across Europe and the rest of the World with the top two Leagues being the National Hockey League (NHL) followed by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Money in Ice Hockey

The KHL offers lucrative contracts to hockey players however, the European league cannot match the popularity and marketing strength of the NHL The top 5 highest paid players in Ice Hockey are not surprisingly all based in the NHL, where there is a team salary cap of $75 million and players not allowed to earn more than $15 million. The reported top 5 annual earners are reportedly per season:
  1. Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) $13.8 million
  2. Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks) $13.8 million
  3. Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) $13 million
  4. Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) $13 million
  5. Shea Weber (Montreal Canadiens) $12 million

Betting on Ice Hockey

Some of the most significant ice hockey tournaments/leagues to bet on are:
  • Winter Olympics
  • World Championships
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)
  • Swedish Hockey League (SHL)
Markets for betting on Ice Hockey are quite vast with the more popular being Goal markets which includes:
  • Total goals
  • Total goals by team
  • Total goals odd/even
  • Both teams to score
  • Total goals in period 1/2/3
  • Player to score
  • Time of next goal
  • Correct score
Other markets available include:
  • League/Tournament Outrights
  • Match Result (end of regulation time)
  • Match Result (including Over Time)
with some more confusing markets being:
  • Prop Betting for NHL Hockey
  • Puck Line Betting
  • Over-Under Betting
  • Money Line Betting
You will find a host of top branded bookies supplying markets to bet on along with offers and promotions for this exciting sport.
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