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James van Riemsdyk Philadelphia Flyers 2010-2011 NHL statistics
During the 2010/2011 NHL season, James van Riemsdyk played left winger for the Philadelphia Flyers, wearing number 21. He reportedly earned $875,000 for his time on the ice. The total team salary for the Philadelphia Flyers was reportedly $64,108,000, so his salary was about 1.4% of the team's total reported payroll. The median salary for a player on the Philadelphia Flyers was $1,137,500. The average salary was $2,671,166. During the 75 games that he played that season, he scored 21 goals and had 19 assists - a total of 40 points. If we divide his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $11,666.67 per game played. James van Riemsdyk had a plus/minus of 15, 35 PIM (penalties in minutes), 3 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 4 GWG (game winning goals), and took 173 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2010/2011 season of 12.10%. If we want to evaluate his performance strictly on offense, we can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists). His salary per goal scored was $41,667 and his salary per point was $21,875.
But then, there are taxes. Each hockey season is played during two calendar years, however, given an annual salary in the U.S. of $875,000 we can estimate that he would have to pay $281,534 in federal income taxes. That is about the same amount of tax as the tax paid by 35 median high school teachers, 39 median police officers, or 56 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $593,466 left over. However, he may still have to use some of that money to pay state or city taxes as well.