During the 2010/2011 NHL season, Curtis McElhinney played goaltender for the Ottawa Senators, wearing number 31. He reportedly earned $570,000 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the Ottawa Senators was reportedly $50,083,333, so his salary was about 1.1% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Ottawa Senators was $900,000, while the average salary was $2,384,920. During the 28 games that he played that season, he scored 0 goals and had 1 assist - a total of 1 point. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $20,357.14 per game. Curtis McElhinney had a plus/minus of 0, 0 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 0 GWG (game winning goals), and took 0 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 0.00%. His goaltending statistics include 1395 min, 721 SA (shots against), 074 GA (goals against), 3.18 GAA (goals against average), 89.70% save percent, and a record of 9-13-1, including 2 shutouts. If we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly as a goaltender, we can divide his salary by the number of shots against. His salary per shot against was $0,791.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $570,000 he can expect to pay around $174,784 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 21 median high school teachers, 24 median police officers, or 35 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $395,216 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.
Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".