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NHL Fortune: $17,007,100

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Darren McCarty’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $17,007,143 (US $24,911,169 in today's dollars), ranking #689 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Did you know that Gary Bettman accumulated the 4th largest NHL fortune with $110M?

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1993-94 $200,000 $353,910 545
As a rookie, signed a $200,000/year contract with Detroit and got a $200,000 signing bonus.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
1994-95 $457,143 $788,741 137 $257,143 129%
Lockout: NHL salary prorated for 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $900,000 $1,510,039 157 $442,857 97%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $900,000 $1,466,730 200
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $900,000 $1,433,832 235
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $1,000,000 $1,568,712 237 $100,000 11%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News / Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
1999-00 $1,650,000 $2,532,443 164 $650,000 65%
Includes base salary, signing and reporting bonus paid in 1999-2000, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / Associated Press
2000-01 $1,800,000 $2,672,822 160 $150,000 9%
Source: Associated Press / The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $1,950,000 $2,815,443 182 $150,000 8%
Source: Associated Press
2002-03 $2,200,000 $3,126,959 171 $250,000 13%
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2003-04 $2,250,000 $3,126,766 184 $50,000 2%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $800,000 $1,047,414 417
Signed a 2-year contract with Calgary for $800,000/year after having his contract bought out by Detroit for $1.7M. According to his book, he agreed to a divorce settlement agreement with his ex-wife where she would receive 75% of his income from February 2005 until he retires from the NHL, which he did after the 2008-09 season. He also agreed to give her all the money they had in bank accounts before the bankruptcy he filed in 2005. He also agreed to give her the house he had originally purchased for $1.3M.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2006-07 $800,000 $1,014,683 433
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $600,000 $740,087 570 ($200,000) -25%
Around US Thanksgiving, signed a 3-way contract with Detroit: $600,000/year in the NHL; $75,000/year in the AHL; $500 per week in the IHL. Ended up playing 3 games in the NHL, 13 games in the AHL, and 11 games in the IHL.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2008-09 $600,000 $712,587 595
3-way contract with Detroit: $600,000/year in the NHL; $75,000/year in the AHL; $500 per week in the IHL. Played 13 games in the NHL and 19 games in the AHL.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2013-14 $0 $0 850
In his book published in 2013, he claims that when he retired, after the 2008-09 season, he had $5,000 in the bank and a total net worth of $50,000, including some insurance policies he had. He claims that he lives month-to-month on his $US 636/month NHL pension and revenues from authographs and promotional appearances as he lost all his wealth due to careless and frivolous spendings, pure generosity towards friends and family, drugs, gambling, unpaid loans to friend and acquaintances, money he gave to help people, bad business deals, funding his hard rock band, and his divorce settlement.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
Total:
US $17,007,100

In today's dollars:
US $24,911,169
NHL Rank:
689

In today's dollars:
592