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NHL Fortune: $1,496,700

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Gordie Howe’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$1,496,700 (US$9,023,335 in today's dollars), ranking #2672 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1945-46 $2,200 $31,632
As a 17-year-old rookie, signed a contract with Detroit for $2,000 for the season (plus $500 signing bonus) to play for their farm club, the Omaha Knights of the United States Hockey League.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1946-47 $5,000 $66,255
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Detroit: $5,000 for the season in the NHL and $3,500 if he was sent to the minor. He ended up playing the whole season in Detroit. It was the only two-way contract in his career.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1959-60 $25,000 $221,835
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1960-61 $25,000 $218,611
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1961-62 $25,000 $216,343
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1962-63 $38,500 $329,204
Base salary of $29,000 plus $9,500 awards and playoff bonuses. (Per Sports Extra Hockey Magazine, base salary was around $25,000)
Source: The Hockey News
1963-64 $31,000 $261,870
Signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $31,000. According to The Hockey News, he was the best-paid NHL player. (According to Magazine: Sports - Le hockey et ses vedettes, he earned $37,500)
Source: Magazine: Sports - Le hockey et ses vedettes
1964-65 $40,000 $333,540
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1965-66 $40,000 $328,353
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1966-67 $40,000 $318,841
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1967-68 $40,000 $310,144
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1968-69 $40,000 $297,481
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1969-70 $45,000 $317,331
Believing that he was one of the highest-paid player of the NHL, as Detroit's ownership had told him, he discovered while talking to Bobby Baun (teammate and President of the NHLPA) that he was not even the best-paid player for Detroit. For the next season, he asked for a salary raise to $100,000, which the team granted right away.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1970-71 $100,000 $666,306
His highest salary in the NHL: $100,000
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe; Book: The Rebel League; Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1971-72 $0 $0
Earned $50,000 as Vice President of Public Relations of the Detroit Red Wings.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1972-73 $0 $0
Earned $50,000 as Vice President of Public Relations of the Detroit Red Wings.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1973-74 $250,000 $1,456,419
Signed a 4-year contract with the Houston Aeros, of the WHA, for $1M. Deal also included sons Mark and Marty at $600k each for 4 years. (According to the book Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe, the overall deal was worth nearly $2.5M over 4 years, instead of $2.2M)
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1974-75 $250,000 $1,311,397
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1975-76 $250,000 $1,201,505
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1976-77 $250,000 $1,136,268
Source: Book: The Rebel League
Total:
US$1,496,700

In today's dollars:
US$9,023,335
NHL Rank:
2672

In today's dollars:
1295

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