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NHL Fortune: $237,271

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Maurice Richard’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $237,271 (US $2,399,844 in today's dollars), ranking #4234 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
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($)
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(%)
1942-43 $5,406 $84,805
As a rookie, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 5,000/season in the NHL and $C 750/season in the minors plus a $C 1,000 signing bonus. Bonuses included $C 250 if team finished in first place or $C 150 if team finished in second place; $C 50 if he scored more than 15 goals in the season and $C 25 for any additional goals. He did not earn any of the personal or team bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1943-44 $5,158 $76,240
In addition to base salary, earned $C 250 in bonus because Montreal finished in 1st place and $C 475 with 32 goals.
Source: Copy of contract
1944-45 $5,406 $78,541
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1943-44 and 1945-46.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1945-46 $6,307 $89,594
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 7,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1946-47 $8,000 $104,903
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1947-48 $9,000 $103,197
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1948-49 $10,000 $106,542
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1949-50 $9,911 $106,481
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1950-51 $14,146 $150,085
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 14,000 plus bonuses: $ 1,000 if he scored 35 goals; $ 100/goal over 35; and, if he did not score 35 goals, $ 1,000 if he was in the top 3 scorers (unclear if for team of league). He scored 42 goals, earning $ 1,700 in bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1951-52 $14,250 $140,143
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1950-51 and 1953-54.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1952-53 $15,315 $147,220
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1950-51 and 1953-54.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1953-54 $16,272 $155,252
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 15,000 plus $ 1,000 if he scored 20 goals or more, which he did.
Source: Classic Auctions
1954-55 $12,324 $117,147
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 12,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1955-56 $12,168 $116,095
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 12,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1956-57 $14,224 $133,716
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 12,000. Note alludes to total possible bonus of $C 2,000 more than in 1955-56
Source: Copy of contract
1957-58 $20,860 $189,819
Basic salary of $C 20,000 plus bonuses.
Source: Classic Auctions
1958-59 $14,111 $124,851
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 12,000 plus $ 100 per goal score during the season and playoffs. Scored 17 goals, earning $C 1,700 in bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1959-60 $14,602 $127,868
Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 12,000 plus $ 100 per goal score during the season and playoffs. Scored 20 goals, earning $C 2,000 in bonuses. (Earned $C 25,000 according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography) Retired as a pro hockey player after the season.
Source: Copy of contract
1960-61 $25,775 $222,658
Retired before the start of the season and was paid anyway as a reward for his 18-year career.
Source: Maclean's
1972-73 $4,036 $24,689
Signed as coach of the Quebec Nordiques, of the World Hockey Association, for $C 40,000 for the season and a $4,000 signing bonus. He quit after 1 game, realizing that coaching was not for him and returned his first paycheck to the team.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
Total:
US $237,271

In today's dollars:
US $2,399,844
NHL Rank:
4234

In today's dollars:
2353

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