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NHL Fortune: $1,760,000

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Billy Smith’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$1,760,000 (US$4,909,557 in today's dollars), ranking #2500 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Country of birth: Canada
Position: G
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1970
  • Round #5
  • Overall Pick: 59
  • By: Los Angeles Kings

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1972-73 $20,000 $123,702
$18,000 salary and $2,000 signing bonus with the New York Islanders.
Source: Billy Smith on Spittin' Chiclets podcast
1977-78 $90,000 $384,085
Source: Globe and Mail
1978-79 $100,000 $396,535
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $110,000 $392,017
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1980-81 $120,000 $376,644
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1981-82 $130,000 $369,839
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1982-83 $140,000 $375,258
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1983-84 $150,000 $389,548
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1984-85 $160,000 $398,398
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1985-86 $170,000 $408,778
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1986-87 $180,000 $424,768
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1987-88 $190,000 $432,542
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1988-89.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $200,000 $437,443
Signed a 2-year deal with the Islanders for $400,000 but retired after the 1st year of the contract and, instead, signed a new 3-year deal as goalie coach.
Source: The Hockey News 1989 Yearbook / NY Times
Career Earnings: US$1,760,000
(In today's dollars: US$4,909,557 )

NHL Rank: 2500
(In today's dollars: 1794)

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