7 NHL Stars Who Went Broke

While we don’t tend to think of the men of the ice as financial nitwits like their brethren in the other leagues, there are some NHLers who lost it all. Their stories? Sad. Darn sad. Take a look at the list below and you’ll see what I mean. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby.

Darren McCarty

The legendary Red Winger known as much for his blistering punches to Lemieux as his defense work in Detroit, was no pro in personal finance. While McCarty will claim that his divorce and the NHL Lockout damaged his once robust treasurer chest, casinos from coast to coast would beg to differ. The enforcer loved to play the tables to the tune of 6 million in debt to casinos and their attorneys. These days you’ll find big Darren cashing-in on others’ misery through his shady pawn shop business.

Bryan Trottier

While “Trotts” was known for his killer instinct while playing for the Islanders and the Penguins, his nonexistent business instinct almost killed him. Trottier made millions on the rink, but lost it all building recreational rinks in and around NYC. His mistake? Listening to people who had less sense than he did. When no one showed up to the rinks, the ice melted and the bills snowballed. Things got so bad for Trotts, he sought treatment for depression while losing it all in bankruptcy court. I feel you, man.

Jack Johnson

Jack became a victim of sorry parents. Trusting “blood” to take care of his finances while he focused on the puck, it didn’t take long for Johnson to discover that mamma and daddy were blood suckers. Obtaining high interest loans on the promise of their kid’s future earnings, mom and dad blew millions in Junior’s money before it was ever even wired to his accounts. When the loans defaulted, the brown, stinking debt got neck-deep. I say crosscheck the ‘rents, Jack. Sucks, brotha.

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