Salaries in the sports field are really lucrative if you have the talent in the sport. Steve Mason has relished as a millionaire in the Ice Hockey sport as a Goaltender in the NFL for the last decade. The future is unclear since being a free agent last year, but he has built up an impressive amount for net worth. Learn about his career in a nutshell and the salaries he got in NFL each year.
Steve Mason is a professional ice hockey player from Ontario, Canada. Actually, there are more than one famous Steve Masons, but this guy probably is on the high-fame radar right now. He played Goalie or, professionally called, Goaltender for various teams over his 12-season NHL (National Hockey League) career which may be at an end, since he is currently a free agent.
The National Hockey League is more like a North American Hockey League as teams only from Canada and the USA compete in it. Anyway, Steve started off his NHL career in 2008 after being selected 69th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. But he had been playing ice hockey since a very young age.
His NHL career began with the Blue Jackets.
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Born on May 29, 1988 [age 32], in Oakville, Ontario, Mason played A Hockey until his Bantam year before moving professional (kind of) with the Oakville Rangers of the OMHA's South Central AAA League in 2003. He is now married to Brittany Burton since 2017.
Until 2018, he was one of the highest-earning goaltenders of the NHL, but since being released by Montreal Canadiens, without a single game, he's not in the rink anymore. Not until now, anyhow. But rest assured, his net worth will impress you.
Steve Mason's Estimated Net Worth of $15 million Likely Won't Increase Anymore
As of November 2019, Steve Mason has an estimated net worth of $15 million. The wealth is completely credited to his ice hockey career in the NHL, as well as in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) and the AHL (American Hockey League). His NHL career earning is a whopping $27.57 million, but remember, taxes always cut almost half of the amount from any professional.
His paychecks reached highest at the Philadelphia Flyers.
Source: NBC Sports
With the kind of salary he had ($4.1 million when playing for the Philadelphia Flyers), he was obviously in the elite bracket for the federal and the provincial income tax rates. The calculation is a messy thing for an average human to take a hold off, but we can say at least half of his earned fortune is taxed out. It could have been less, but he is an Ontario citizen. It is one of the only three provinces in Canada where 56% surtax is deployed on the amount of provincial income tax they already pay.
Of course, only residents have to pay the extra tax, and he was not in Ontario for the most part of his career. Still, with enough deductions, his net worth is calculated to be approximately $15 million. That's including the deductions for being-married discounts and tax on the earnings (at least $150,000) during his adult years of playing in the OHL for three years.
How the NHL Career Kicked Off
In the early years of his NHL career, he showed promise and broke numerous records. He moved from Oakville Rangers to London Knights in 2004 and, on the side, he won OHA Jr.C. title in 2004–05 with the Grimsby Peach Kings club. He didn't have enough playing time with the Knights and was assigned to Petrolia Jets Jr.B. club in the 2005-06 season. With an impressive save percentage of .931, with both teams, he got a regular spot with the Knights for the next two seasons. He was named the Junior OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2007.
Mason didn't get too much time with the Blue Jackets in the 2007-08 season after being drafted in 2006 and was returned to London. He competed for the 2008 World Junior Championships and brought home gold for his country. Meanwhile, he was traded by the Knights to the Kitchener Rangers in 2008 for the remainder of the 2007-08 season.
Knee injuries were a plague for him in 2008.
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A series of injuries and knee surgeries kept him from playing in 2008 when he played American Hockey League (AHL) with the Syracuse Crunch (the Blue Jackets' minor league affiliate). He recovered and was finally called by the Blue Jackets to replace the injured Pascal Leclaire.
He got his NHL debut on November 5, 2008, starting and defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5–4. His first shoutout came against the Atlanta Thrashers (2-0) later that month.
The Paychecks Went on Increasing Until Being Forced to Be a Free Agent
The first two seasons (2008-09, 2009-10) at the Blue Jackets got Steve a salary of $850,000 per year. It was in accordance with the 3-year/$2.715 million contract with the Blue Jackets he signed on May 3, 2007. Playing 54 games in the 2010-11 season got him a lower$765,000. But the 2-year $5.8 million extension with them meant he was getting $2.6 million in the 2011-12 season.
Watch: Steve Mason's Highlights until 2014
With a poor save percentage of .899 in the first part of the 2012-13 season, he was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Philadelphia Flyers on April 3, 2013, for Michael Leighton and 2013 3rd round pick. He rediscovered his form with an impressive .944 save percentage (in 7 games) with the Flyers for the later part of the season. His salary capped off at $1,873,171.
On April 8, 2013, he quickly signed a 1-year, $1.5 million contract extension with the Flyers, which he earned for the 2013-14 season with another impressive .917 save percentage. Another 3-year, $12.3 million contract extension with them in January 2014 assures he would earn a $4.1 million per year salary for the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
In his final season with the Flyers, he recorded a poorer save percentage of .908 (.918 and .928 in the last two seasons). When Michal Neuvirth (apparently with poorer numbers) was given a contract extension, he became a free agent as his contract expired.
Michal Neuvirth (left) got picked ahead of Mason as a backup for the Flyers.
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He was quickly picked up by the Winnipeg Jets with a 2-year, $8.2 million contract on July 1, 2017. 13 games into the 2017-18 season, he was traded to the Canadiens as part of a 3-team trade on June 30, 2018. He got $4.1 million for the first year of the 2-year deal with the Jets, but when he went to the Canadiens, his NHL career seemed to have come to an end.
The Canadiens sent him to waivers the very same day of the trade and bought out his contract. According to that, he only got $2.73 million in cap over the course of the next two seasons (due to the 2/3 of the salary penalty for being over-26 years of age). His current salary is thus $1,366,667 per year until the end of 2019. The end came because the battle for even the backup spot was impossible for him to compete in with the Canadiens. Salary source: Sportrac.
It seems unlikely that he will play again. While he still has the potential, the competition is just too fierce for Goaltenders in today's world. But who knows, good things might come around for the 32-year-old just yet. And don't forget to check out his Philadelphia home when he was with the Flyers, it is quite nice.
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