Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Boucher, L.


Business Administration, Management.




Nowhere else in North America is the performance of an employee so readily visible and so easily measured than in the sport of professional ice hockey (Banister, 1997). "Although the performance of professional athletes may be objectively measured and compared by the vast quantities of statistics compiled by sports analysts, controversy still surrounds whether their individual efforts justify their salaries" (Banister, 1997, p. 47). NHL salaries have become so disparate in recent years that it is quite common for certain 'marquee' players to earn 10--20 times the salary of other players competing on the same team (Banister, 1997). With 50% of the salary money being claimed by the top 10% of players (Hale, 1994), one must question the effectiveness of the current NHL compensation system in terms of its ability to distribute players' earnings in an objective and equitable manner. This study utilized a modified Delphi methodology to elicit participation from a panel of 16 hockey experts in as to what variables should be important in determining the salary of a NHL forward. Based on these results, the researcher proposed a compensation model that is predicated upon the theoretical underpinnings of Employee Equity. The implementation of an objective and equitable means of determining a player's economic livelihood may have considerable implications for improved labour relations, cost-containment, competitive parity, and resultantly, fan support in the National Hockey League.Dept. of Kinesiology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .D59. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, page: 0433. Adviser: Robert L. Boucher. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.