For love of the game..
@EchlStats: ECHL has a new 5 year (7/1/18 - 6/30/23) Collective Bargaining Agreement. New salary cap numbers. Average weekly salary (based on 20 players) goes from $650 in 18-19 to $705 in 22-23.
Salary Cap (weekly)
Last edited by redwing61; 08-06-2018 at 12:42 PM.
Do we need to have a quick lesson in inflation?
- Average weekly salary (based on 20 players) goes from $650 in 18-19 to $705 in 22-23.
- You don't get paid in the off season (ECHL 1st reg league game Oct 12, last reg game April 7...~26 weeks.
- You don't get salary for playoffs, either, iirc. Bonus at the end, but no weekly pay.
Doesn't leave much...$650/wk x 26 weeks = $16,900 US.
ECHL i believe provides accommodation, is this free or charged back? Once the season is over i assume players have to pay to remain in housing or find alternative housing? Read an article where single players usually get shared accommodation in houses whereas some married players might get an apartment.
Seems like a mighty tough way to make a living, Europe might be the better choice for many of these kids or like most coming from NCAA put that degree to use after a maximum of a couple of years at most.
Here's the thing. The ECHL isn't meant to be a 'career' league. Sure, some players play a relatively lengthy career in the coast, but the vast majority only get a few years to try to find an opportunity to move to the AHL (or Europe) and make some decent money.
There's a pretty nice list of guys who began their career in the ECHL and made it to the NHL, some having quite successful careers. Recently off the top of my head would be Rich Peverley, Yanni Gourde, I'm sure there's atleast a handful of others. I think I appreciate those guys more, only because of the incredible grind it took them.
Typically the guys I know that play in the ECHL/SPHL don't have true summer jobs. Most come home and live with their parents or friends, or girlfriend in the city they play for. If these guys have no school debt from earning athletic scholarships or come straight from major junior they have no financial burden and can live relatively stable lives during the summer. Don't forget that they get a per diem durning the season for food, so if they're inclined it is possible to save money. Some guys also help out with youth clinics and pull in a few hundred a week from that. I know of other guys that caddied, worked at bars every so often as well.
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