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NHL Fortune: $1,095,602

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Jim Benning’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$1,095,602 (US$2,528,054 in today's dollars), ranking #2819 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1981-82 $108,420 $304,983
Contract in Canadian currency: $130,000. After being a 6th overall NHL draft pick, he signed a three-year, plus one option year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$70,000, CAN$80,000, CAN$90,000 and CAN$100,000 in the NHL and CAN$25,000 in the minor leagues. Got a CAN$50,000 signing bonus. Bonuses included $ 10,000 after playing in 40 NHL games; plus $ 5,000 after playing in 80 NHL game; plus $ 5,000 after playing in 120 NHL game; plus $ 5,000 after playing in 160 NHL games; $ 1,000 if he ended the season as a + player; and $ 1,000 for each round won in the playoffs. Played the whole season in Toronto, earning his NHL salary plus his $ 50,000 signing bonus and $ 10,000 for reaching 40 NHL games. Did not earn any other bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1982-83 $72,990 $193,405
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. Played the whole season in Toronto, earning his NHL salary plus $ 10,000 for reaching 80 and 120 NHL games. Did not earn any other bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1983-84 $77,045 $197,795
Contract in Canadian currency: $95,000. Played the whole season in Toronto, earning his NHL salary plus $ 5,000 for reaching 160 NHL games. Did not earn any other bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1984-85 $96,500 $237,488
Contract in Canadian currency: $125,000. Signed a one-year plus one option, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$125,000 in the NHL and CAN$50,000 in the minors, plus unknown bonuses. Played the whole season with Toronto, earning his NHL salary.
Source: Copy of contract
1985-86 $91,500 $217,440
Contract in Canadian currency: $125,000. Played the whole season with Toronto, earning his NHL salary.
Source: Copy of contract
1986-87 $97,201 $226,772
Contract in Canadian currency: $135,001. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$135,001.
Source: Copy of contract
1987-88 $101,791 $229,119
Contract in Canadian currency: $135,001. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1986-87 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $109,756 $237,232
Contract in Canadian currency: $135,001. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1986-87 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $169,000 $348,494 266
Contract in Canadian currency: $200,000.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $171,400 $335,325 332 $2,400 1%
Contract in Canadian currency: $200,000. One-way contract. He played the whole season in the International Hockey League and retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: The Hockey News
Total:
US$1,095,602

In today's dollars:
US$2,528,054
NHL Rank:
2819

In today's dollars:
2307

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