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NHL Fortune: $668,748

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Jacques Plante’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$668,748 (US$4,428,854 in today's dollars), ranking #3364 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1952-53 $5,233 $50,300
Contract in Canadian currency: $5,125. On September 25, 1952, signed a one-year contract with the Royaux de Montreal, of the Quebec Senior Hockey League, for CAN$3,500 plus $ C 175 per playoff games. After playing 29 games, he signed a 3-game amateur tryout contract with the Montreal Canadiens, of the NHL, to replace an injured goalie at $ 125/game. On December 29, 1952, he signed a contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$3,000 to play the rest of the season with the Buffalo Bisons in the AHL and earn $ 125 per game played in Montreal. His estimated earning for the season is CAN$1,750 for the half season with the Royaux, plus $ 3,000 for the other half in Buffalo and $ 375 for the 3 games with the Canadiens.
Source: Copy of contract
1953-54 $8,263 $78,839
Contract in Canadian currency: $8,125. Still considered a rookie by the NHL, despite 3 games in Montreal the previous year, he signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$6,000 to play with Buffalo in the American Hockey League plus an additional CAN$125 for games played for Montreal in the NHL. He was to received a $ 500 bonus if the Buffalo Bisons made the playoffs. He played 55 games in the AHL and 17 games in the NHL, earning his base salary of $ 6,000 and $ 2,125 for his games in the NHL.
Source: Copy of contract
1954-55 $9,243 $87,860
Contract in Canadian currency: $9,000. Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$9,000 in the NHL and CAN$5,000 in the Quebec Senior Hockey League. Included a $ 500 bonus if he played for the Canadiens and the team finished 1st in the standings and $ 1,000 if he won the Vezina Trophy. He played the whole season in the NHL but did not earn any bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1955-56 $11,154 $106,421
Contract in Canadian currency: $11,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$9,500. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 1,000 if he won the Vezina Trophy, which he both earned.
Source: Copy of contract
1956-57 $12,700 $119,389
Contract in Canadian currency: $12,500. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$10,500. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings, $ 1,000 if he won the Vezina Trophy, $ 1,000 for winning any other trophy; and $ 1,000 if he made the NHL's 1st or 2nd All Star Team. He earned $ 1,000 for the Vezina trophy and $ 1,000 for being named on the league's 2nd All Star Team.
Source: Copy of contract
1957-58 $13,559 $123,382
Contract in Canadian currency: $13,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$12,500. Included a $ 1,000 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 500 if the team won the first playoff round. He earned the $ 500 bonus as the team won the Stanley Cup.
Source: Copy of contract
1958-59 $16,480 $145,811
Contract in Canadian currency: $16,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$15,000. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 500 if the team won the first playoff round. He earned the $ 1,000 bonus as the team finished 1st and won the Stanley Cup.
Source: Copy of contract
1959-60 $18,774 $164,401
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$17,000. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 500 if the team won the first playoff round. He earned the $ 1,000 bonus as the team finished 1st and won the Stanley Cup.
Source: Copy of contract
1960-61 $20,105 $173,673
Contract in Canadian currency: $19,500. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$19,000. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 500 if the team won the first playoff round. He earned the $ 500 bonus as the team finished 1st .
Source: Copy of contract
1961-62 $20,234 $173,034
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,500. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$18,000. Included a $ 2,000 bonus if he won the Vezina trophy, $ 500 if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 500 if the team won the first playoff round. He earned $ 2,000 for winning the Vezina and $ 500 as the team finished 1st .
Source: Classic Auctions
1962-63 $18,720 $157,977
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$20,000. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Canadiens finished 1st in the standings and $ 500 if the team won the first playoff round. He did not earn any bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1963-64 $22,000 $183,837
Signed a two-year, one-way contract with the New York Rangers for $22,000. Included a $ 500 bonus if the Rangers finished 3rd of better in the standings, $ 500 if the team made the playoffs, $ 500 if the team played in the Stanley Cup final, and $ 500 if the team won the Stanley Cup. He did not earn any bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1964-65 $22,000 $181,465
He did not earn any bonus and retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: Copy of contract
1965-66 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. He did not play professional hockey.
1966-67 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. He did not play professional hockey.
1967-68 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. He did not play professional hockey.
1968-69 $13,000 $95,520
Signed a 3-year contract with the St.Louis Blues for $12,000 per season. Also included $14,000 yearly payments to be made in 1972-73 and 1973-74. Bonuses included $ 1,000 if the team had the lowest goal against average in the Western Division and $ 500 if it had the second lowest goal against average. He earned his $12,000 base salary plus $ 1,000 with the lowest GAA.
Source: Copy of contract
1969-70 $13,000 $90,575
He earned his $12,000 base salary plus $ 1,000 with the lowest GAA.
Source: Copy of contract
1970-71 $38,128 $251,274
Contract in Canadian currency: $39,800. Signed a 1-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$39,800.
Source: Copy of contract
1971-72 $9,900 $62,504
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Signed a 1-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$75,000 with defered payments over 8 years: CAN$10,000 on January 1st for 7 years and a final CAN$5,000 on January 1st of 1979.
Source: Copy of contract
1972-73 $109,981 $672,779
Contract in Canadian currency: $109,000. Signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$85,000 per season. Also earned the defered $14,000 from the St.Louis Blues from his 1968-69 contract and the defered CAN$10,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract. Retired as a player after the season.
Source: Copy of contract
1973-74 $89,000 $512,552
Contract in Canadian currency: $89,000. Signed a 10-year contract for CAN$DN 60,000 per season as the coach of the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association. Quit after 1 season to come back as a player with Edmonton. Got a $5,000 severance bonus from Quebec. Also earned the defered $14,000 from the St.Louis Blues from his 1968-69 contrac and the defered CAN$10,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract.
Source: Book: Les Nordiques / Copy of contract
1974-75 $163,520 $848,115
Contract in Canadian currency: $160,000. Signed a one-year deal for $150k with the Edmonton Oilers, of the World Hockey Association, after a bad experience coaching the Quebec Nordiques in the same league, and realizing he could make much more money playing. Also earned the defered CAN$10,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract. Retired as a pro-hockey player after the season.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1975-76 $9,830 $46,720
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned the defered CAN$10,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract.
1976-77 $10,140 $45,568
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned the defered CAN$10,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract.
1977-78 $9,400 $39,663
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned the defered CAN$10,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract.
1978-79 $4,385 $17,197
Contract in Canadian currency: $5,000. Earned the defered CAN$5,000 from the Toronto Maple Leafs from his 1971-72 contract.
Total:
US$668,748

In today's dollars:
US$4,428,854
NHL Rank:
3364

In today's dollars:
1803

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