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Player Placement

Highlight Sports utilizes years of experience and vast network of connections to find the best possible fit for the players we represent. It is our goal to ensure immediate and long lasting success throughout the course of a player’s career. Highlight’s globally connected network provides us with coverage in every major international market. We strive to provide our clients with a variety of placement options to suit our client’s individual needs.

What We Do

committed
to the
success
of our
clients.

Player Placement

Highlight Sports utilizes years of experience and vast network of connections to find the best possible fit for the players we represent. It is our goal to ensure immediate and long lasting success throughout the course of a player’s career. Highlight’s globally connected network provides us with coverage in every major international market. We strive to provide our clients with a variety of placement options to suit our client’s individual needs.

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Reach

Our team has experience placing players in preferred destinations across all of Europe.

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At Highlight, we have absolute confidence in our ability to connect you with a team. That’s why we are making a placement guarantee to all our clients – a promise that our placement services will not let you down.

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Below is estimated contract salaries based on play experience in North America. All values are considered to be an estimate. Highlight Sports cannot guarantee any salary.

Russia

KHL

The Kontinental Hockey League is an international professional ice hockey league founded in 2008. It comprises member clubs based in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and China for a total of 22 clubs.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL $80,000 – $1,600,000 USD
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL
Estimated Pay
$80,000 – $1,600,000 USD

Supreme hockey league

The Supreme Hockey League, also known as the Major Hockey League or Higher Hockey League, is a professional ice hockey league in Eurasia, and the second highest level of Russian hockey.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL $20,000 – $70,000 USD
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
$20,000 – $70,000 USD

Sweden

SHL

The Swedish Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league, and the highest division in the Swedish ice hockey system. The league currently consists of 14 teams.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL €60,000 – €250,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL
Estimated Pay
€60,000 – €250,000 (tax free)

HockeyAllsvenskan

HockeyAllsvenskan is a professional ice hockey league, and the second-highest league in the Swedish ice hockey system. Since the 2009–10 season, the league consists of fourteen teams.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL €20,000 – €60,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
€20,000 – €60,000 (tax free)

Germany

Del

The Deutsche Eishockey Liga or DEL, is the highest division in German ice hockey. Founded in 1994, it was formed as a replacement for the Eishockey-Bundesliga and became the new top-tier league in Germany as a result.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL €40,000 – €200,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
€40,000 – €200,000 (tax free)

DEL 2

DEL2 is the second tier league in Germany, below the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and ahead of the Oberliga. Founded in 2013 to replace the defunct 2nd Bundesliga, DEL2 is administered by ESBG, under licence from DEB

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL €20,000 – €40,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
ECHL
Estimated Pay
€20,000 – €40,000 (tax free)

Oberliga

The Oberliga is the third league in Germany, below DEL2 and ahead of the Regionalliga. Since the 2015/16 season, the league has been split into two regionalised divisions, Nord and Süd. The Oberliga was originally founded in 1948 and is administered by the German Ice Hockey Federation.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL €10,000 – €22,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
ECHL
Estimated Pay
€10,000 – €22,000 (tax free)

Finland

Liiga

The SM-liiga, colloquially called the Finnish Elite League in English or FM-ligan in Swedish, is the top league in Finland. It was created in 1975 to replace the SM-sarja, which was fundamentally an amateur league.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL €30,000 – €125,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL
Estimated Pay
€30,000 – €125,000 (tax free)

Mestis

Mestis is the second-highest league in Finland. The league was established by the Finnish Ice Hockey Association in 2000 to replace the I-divisioona. Mestis is the highest league that can be reached through playing merits alone.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL €20,000 – €40,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
ECHL
Estimated Pay
€20,000 – €40,000 (tax free)

Switzerland

National league

The National League is the top tier of the Swiss league system. Prior to the 2017–18 season, the league was known as National League A. During the 2018–19 season, the league had an average of 6,949 spectators per game which is the highest among European leagues

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL 80,000 francs – 400,000 francs (tax free)
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL
Estimated Pay
80,000 francs – 400,000 francs (tax free)

swiss league

The Swiss League is the second tier of the main professional ice hockey league in Switzerland, behind the National League

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL 35,000 francs – 75,000 francs (tax free)
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
35,000 francs – 75,000 francs
(tax free)

czech republic

Czech Extraliga

The Czech Extraliga is the highest league in the Czech Republic. It was created in 1993 following the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia midway through the 1992–93 Czechoslovak Extraliga season. The league’s season usually takes place between September and April and features 14 teams.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL $30,000 – $140,000 USD
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL
Estimated Pay
$30,000 – $140,000 USD

Change liga

The Chance Liga is the second league in the Czech Republic, after the Extraliga. It began in 1993 and is run and administered by Czech Ice Hockey Association. Until 2015, the league was known as the 1st Czech National Hockey League. It was then known as the WSM Liga until 2018

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL $15,000 – $25,000 USD
Level of Experience
ECHL
Estimated Pay
$15,000 – $25,000 USD

Slovakia

Slovak Extraliga

The Slovak Extraliga, known as the Tipos Extraliga since the 2020–21 season for sponsorship reasons, is the top league in Slovakia. From 2018–19 to 2020–21, the league included one or two teams from Hungary

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL €25,000 – €85,000
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
€25,000 – €85,000

United kingdom

Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League, sometimes referred to as the British Elite League or, for sponsorship reasons, the Viaplay Elite League, is an ice hockey league in the United Kingdom.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL £‎12,000 – £‎40,000
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
£‎12,000 – £‎40,000

Austria

ICE Hockey League

The ICE Hockey League, known as the win2day ICE Hockey League for sponsorship reasons, is a Central European hockey league that also serves as the top-tier league in Austria, it currently features additional teams from Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL/ECHL €25,000 – €120,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
€25,000 – €120,000 (tax free)

Alps Hockey League

The Alps Hockey League is based in Central Europe. The league is made up of teams from Austria, Italy and Slovenia. The league was established as a result of a merger between Serie A and the Inter-National League.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL/College/SPHL $€12,000 – €25,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
ECHL/College/SPHL
Estimated Pay
$€12,000 – €25,000 (tax free)

Norway

Eliteserien

Eliteserien, known as Fjordkraftligaen due to sponsorship, is the premier Norwegian ice hockey league, organised by the Norwegian Ice Hockey Association

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
NHL/AHL/ECHL €25,000 – €120,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
NHL/AHL/ECHL
Estimated Pay
€25,000 – €120,000 (tax free)

Denmark

METAL LIGAEN

The Superisligaen, known as the Metal Ligaen for sponsorship reasons, is the highest league in Denmark. The league consists of 9 professional teams. Teams from the Superisligaen can participate in the IIHF’s annual Champions Hockey League, competing for the European Trophy.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL/College €15,000 – €35,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL/College
Estimated Pay
€15,000 – €35,000 (tax free)

Hungary/Romania

Erste Liga

The Erste Liga is an international league organized for clubs based in Hungary and Romania. It is sponsored by the Erste Bank Hungary. The games played between the Hungarian teams count towards the Hungarian National Championship in the OB I Bajnokság.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
AHL/ECHL/College €20,000 – €45,000
Level of Experience
AHL/ECHL/College
Estimated Pay
€20,000 – €45,000

france

Ligue Magnus

The Ligue Magnus, currently known as Synerglace Ligue Magnus for sponsorship reasons, is the top men’s division of the French hockey pyramid, established in 1906. The league operated under a variety of names before taking that of its championship trophy, the Magnus Cup, in 2004.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL/College/SPHL €15,000 – €35,000 (tax free)
Level of Experience
ECHL/College/SPHL
Estimated Pay
€15,000 – €35,000 (tax free)

POLAND

Polska Hokej Liga

The Polska Hokej Liga is the premier league in Poland. Previously, it was known as the I Liga or Ekstraklasa from 1926 to 1999, and the Polska Liga Hokejowa from 1999 to 2013. In 2013, it was reorganized as a limited liability company and renamed the Polska Hokej Liga

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL/College/SPHL €15,000 – €35,000
Level of Experience
ECHL/College/SPHL
Estimated Pay
€15,000 – €35,000

Belarus

Belarusian Extraleague

The Belarusian Extraleague, officially formed in 2006, is the top ice hockey league in Belarus.

Level of Experience Estimated Pay
ECHL/College/SPHL €15,000 – €35,000
Level of Experience
ECHL/College/SPHL
Estimated Pay
€15,000 – €35,000