Playing defenseman and wearing number 5, Matt Niskanen played for the Dallas Stars during the 2009/2010 NHL season. His salary for the time he spent on the ice that season was reportedly $805,000. The total team salary for the Dallas Stars was reportedly $45,545,000, so his salary represented 1.8% of that total team payroll. The average salary for a player on the Dallas Stars was $1,897,708. The median salary was $1,075,000. He played a total of 74 games that season, with 3 goals and 12 assists - a total of 15 points. Dividing his reported salary by the number of games played, we find he earned $10,878.38 per game. Matt Niskanen had a plus/minus of -15, 18 PIM (penalties in minutes), 0 PP (power play goals), 0 SH (short-handed goals), 2 GWG (game winning goals), and took 110 shots. He had a shooting percentage in the 2009/2010 season of 2.70%. We can divide his salary by the number of goals scored, as well as by the number of points (goals plus assists), if we want to try to evaluate his performance strictly on offense. His salary per goal scored was $268,333 and his salary per point was $53,667.
What about taxes? The hockey season is split between two calendar years, however, with a annual U.S.-based salary of $805,000 he can expect to pay around $257,399 in federal income taxes. That is about the same dollar amount of tax as the tax paid by 32 median high school teachers, 36 median police officers, or 51 median fire fighters. After paying the IRS, he would have $547,601 left over, although he still may have to pay city or state tax.