Canadian Olympic roster comes with heavy price tag

Ken Campbell
Perry and Kunitz

Those of you who remember the television program, The Six Million Dollar Man, knew that Steve Austin would have cleaned up in the Olympics. It remains to be seen whether Canada’s $6 million men can do the same in Sochi.

The first puck has yet to be dropped, but Canada has already won the gold medal for having the highest salary cap hit in the Games. The Canadians check in at $149.1 million, which is almost $85 million over the NHL’s salary cap of $64.3 million.

But surprisingly, Canada’s average of $6 million per NHL player is not the highest average in the Olympics. That honor belongs to Slovenia, who has just one NHL player on its roster, Anze Kopitar, who carries a salary cap of $6.8 million with the Los Angeles Kings.

Here’s where each team checks in with total cap hit and cap hit per NHL player on the roster:

CANADA
Total cap hit: $149,093,332
Average cap hit (25 NHL players): $5,963,733

USA
Total cap hit: $119,775,258
Average cap hit (25 NHL players): $4,791,010

SWEDEN
Total cap hit: $86,434,166
Average cap hit (24 NHL players): $3,601,423

RUSSIA
Total cap hit: $67,796,792
Average cap hit (16 NHL players): $4,237,300

CZECH REPUBLIC
Total cap hit: $59,437,500
Average cap hit (17 NHL players): $3,496,324

FINLAND
Total cap hit: $45,804,167
Average cap hit (14 NHL players): $3,271,762

SLOVAKIA
Total cap hit: $26,170,834
Average cap hit (10 NHL players): $2,617,083

SWITZERLAND
Total cap hit: $20,415,000
Average cap hit (9 NHL players): $2,268,333

AUSTRIA
Total cap hit: $9,542,500
Average cap hit (3 NHL players): $3,180,833

SLOVENIA
Total cap hit: $6,800,000
Average cap hit (1 NHL player): $6,800,000

NORWAY
Total cap hit:
$1,150,000
Average cap hit (1 NHL player): $1,150,000

LATVIA
Total cap hit:
$894,167
Average cap hit (1 NHL player): $894,167

TOTAL NHL CAP HIT: $593,313,716
AVERAGE CAP HIT (146 NHL PLAYERS): $4,063,793

The highest cap hit of the Olympics belongs to Alexander Ovechkin of Russia/Washington Capitals at $9.5 million and the lowest goes to Simon Moser of Switzerland/Nashville Predators at $570,000.