Canada has produced some of the finest sporting talents in the world, who have gone on to influence the success of many sports, teams and leagues.
While money doesn’t always equal worth, it does tend to reflect a star’s talent and success in the sporting world. For this reason, you should take a look at the richest Canadian sports stars to date.
Wayne Gretzky – NHL
Even if you are not an NHL fan, you have likely heard of Wayne Gretsky, who earned the nickname ‘The Great One’ during his career on the ice. According to data compiled by Cash Lady, an online credit broker, the gifted NHL player has a net worth of $160 million, which he earned both during and after his 20 seasons in the National Hockey League.
It is no surprise that he has generated such a large sum throughout his sporting life. The former professional ice hockey player made NHL history as the leading assister and goal scorer, which helped him to lift four Stanley Cups. In fact, as a show of respect for his sporting skill and achievements, the number 99 jersey has been retired by every NHL team.
George St Pierre – MMA
It takes a great level of skill, determination and sheer strength to enjoy success in mixed martial arts (MMA) and George St Pierre’s earnings are a testament to his ability in the ring and dedication to training. The professional mixed martial artist is a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, as he secured titles in both welterweight and middleweight divisions. His undeniable talent and success led to him generating a net profit of 30 million, with him earning an average of $76,923.08 per pro minutes.
Lennox Lewis – Boxing
Although Lennox Lewis was born in London, England, he has called Canada his home since the age of 12. He flew the Canadian flag at the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won a gold medal and is undeniably one of the best boxers of all time.
He became a three-time world heavyweight champion during his professional career and he was the last heavyweight boxer to secure the undisputed championship - some feat considering the opponents he faced.
Live About published a breakdown of his many fights throughout his professional career, which included Mike Tyson, Vitali Klitschko and Evander Holyfield. So, you might not be shocked to learn that he is one of the richest Canadian sports stars of all time and has earned a reported net profit of $140 million.
Vincent Lecavalier – NHL
Vincent Lecavalier is another sports star who received a more than healthy income in the NHL. While he might not have earned Gretsky’s acclaim, he ranks as one of the finest NHL players of all time - which is why he has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
The former professional ice hockey player spent an incredible seventeen years on the ice, starting his pro career at Rimouski Oceanic before becoming the captain of Tampa Bay Lightning. He then signed for the Philadelphia Flyers for an incredible $22.5 million for five years.