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Hockey Fortune: $1,450,001

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Dale McCourt’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $1,450,001 (US $5,092,228 in today's dollars), ranking #3225 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: January 26, 1957
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
Salary History - Dale McCourt
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Earnings
(US$)
In today's
US$
Rank
1977-78 $116,667 $586,511
Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $350,000 over three years. This was his first season in the NHL. (Earned $100,000 according to the Gazette. Earned a salary of $100,000 plus a signing bonus of $100,000 according to The Sporting News.)
Source(s): Court filings: US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1978-79 $116,667 $544,971
Prior to the season, when Rogatien Vachon signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent, an arbitrator decided that the proper compensation to the Los Angeles Kings was Dale McCourt. Despite being offered a $3M contract with the Kings, for an unknown number of season, McCourt challenged the ruling in court and got an injunction to remain a Red Wing.
Source(s): Court filings: US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1979-80 $116,667 $489,783
Source(s): Court filings: US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1980-81 $150,000 $554,605
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1979-80 and 1982-83.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
1981-82 $150,000 $502,695
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1979-80 and 1982-83.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
1982-83 $300,000 $947,254
Source(s): Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1983-84 $200,000 $611,847
Five games into the seasons, the Buffalo Sabres bought out his contract ($300,000 per year valid until the end of the 1984-85 season) for one-third of his salary for double the number of years remaining on his contract). He then signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $100,000. Earned his $100,000 buyout plus his $100,000 salary with the Maple Leafs. Never played in the NHL again after the season, playing 6 more years in Switzerland before retiring from pro-hockey.
Source(s): Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey / The Sporting News
1984-85 $100,000 $293,319
Earnied his $100,000 buyout from the Buffalo Sabres.
Source(s): Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1985-86 $100,000 $283,257
Earnied his $100,000 buyout from the Buffalo Sabres.
Source(s): Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1986-87 $100,000 $277,986
Earnied his $100,000 buyout from the Buffalo Sabres.
Source(s): Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
Career Total: US $1,450,001
(In today's dollars: US $5,092,228)

NHL Rank: 3225
(In today's dollars: 2209)