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NHL Fortune: $50,233,321

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Chris Chelios’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $50,233,321 (US $89,211,738 in today's dollars), ranking #201 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: January 25, 1962
Country of birth: USA
Position: D
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1981
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 40
  • By: Montreal Canadiens

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
1979-80 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Earned CAN$200 per month with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1980-81 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Earned CAN$200 per month with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1983-84 $94,482 $279,271
Contract in Canadian currency: $116,500. After participating in the 1984 Winter Olympics, signed a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$110,000 per season and a CAN$100,000 signing bonus and joined the team, as a rookie, for the last 12 games of the season. Earned 12/80th of $110,000 plus his signing bonus.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1984-85 $88,919 $252,000
Contract in Canadian currency: $115,180. In addition to playing in the NHL, he played for team USA in the Canada Cup tournament, earning $2,000 for showing up at camp and $2,000 for making the team. He did not earn the $1,000 for making the finals.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1985-86 $80,520 $220,369
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1986-87 $79,200 $212,722
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1987-88 $82,940 $214,905
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $89,430 $222,630
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $929,500 $2,207,347 3
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,100,000. According to the Canadian Press, he earned CAN$550,000. According to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, he signed a five-year contract for $575,000 plus $200,000 in deferred payments per season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1990-91 $1,100,000 $2,478,494 6
One-way contract. (Earned $865,000 according to the Canadian Press and $600,000 according to the Hockey News)
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1991-92 $1,100,000 $2,377,854 10
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1992-93 $1,100,000 $2,307,868 24
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $1,100,000 $2,241,728 45
Includes base salary and any signing bonus and deferred payments allocated to the 1993-94 season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News
1994-95 $1,514,286 $3,007,730 17
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $2,650,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $2,750,000 $5,313,033 23
Earned $2,725,000 according to La Presse.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1996-97 $2,800,000 $5,255,467 30
He earned $2,998,024 according to Guide Hockey RDS
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / La Presse
1997-98 $3,709,905 $6,804,112 17
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $3,722,499 $6,722,923 34
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $3,735,849 $6,602,437 43
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $5,500,000 $9,403,020 22
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News
2001-02 $5,500,000 $9,144,406 31
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
2002-03 $5,919,506 $9,688,140 33
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $5,936,286 $9,500,123 36
Source: Book: The Road to Hockeytown
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $850,000 $1,281,376 400
Source: La Presse
2006-07 $850,000 $1,241,331 424
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $850,000 $1,206,907 431
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $750,000 $1,025,546 520
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $0 $0 735
He signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Thrashers for an undisclosed amount. He played 46 AHL games and 7 NHL games and then retired from pro hockey.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
Career Total: US $50,233,321
(In today's dollars: US $89,211,738)

NHL Rank: 201
(In today's dollars: 103)

 

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