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NHL Fortune: $79,600,000

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Brendan Shanahan’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $79,600,000 (US $124,628,104 in today's dollars), ranking #57 in NHL / hockey career earnings. Currently under contract for US $10,000,000 for a projected hockey fortune of US $89,600,000.

Birthdate: January 23, 1969
Country of birth: Canada
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1987
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 2
  • By: New Jersey Devils

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
1987-88 $200,000 $518,219
Prior to the season, signed a three-year plus one-year option contract with the New Jersey Devils for $600,000 plus bonuses.
Source: Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey
1988-89 $200,000 $497,886
Source: Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey
1989-90 $200,000 $474,954 183
(Earned $110,000 according to the Canadian Press)
Source: Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey
1990-91 $130,000 $292,913 453
Two-way contract: $130,000 in the NHL and $45,000 in the minor leagues. He played in the NHL only, earning a full NHL salary.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $625,000 $1,351,054 46
1992-93 $1,390,000 $2,916,306 12
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $1,000,000 $2,037,934 55
1994-95 $2,000,000 $3,972,473 8
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $3,500,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $3,475,000 $6,713,742 13
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $3,600,000 $6,757,029 14
Source: Guide Hockey RDS (He made $3,975,000 according to La Presse)
1997-98 $3,600,000 $6,602,542 18
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $4,000,000 $7,224,097 27
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $4,000,000 $7,069,276 37
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $6,500,000 $11,112,660 17
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: The Hockey News / The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $6,000,000 $9,975,716 23
2002-03 $7,000,000 $11,456,527 24
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $6,500,000 $10,402,261 28
Source: Book: The Road to Hockeytown
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $2,280,000 $3,437,104 124
Source: La Presse
2006-07 $4,000,000 $5,841,560 65
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $2,500,000 $3,549,725 177
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $400,000 $546,958 746
On January 15, 2009, as an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils for $800,000 per year. Earned a pro-rated $400,000 for the half-season.
Source: NHLPA / ESPN
2009-10 $0 $0 735
On August 5, 2009, signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils for $1M. After four pre-season game, he decided to retire as a player.
Source: NHLPA / Fire & Ice
2019-20 $5,000,000 $5,757,647 180
On May 14, 2019, signed a six-year contract extension to remain President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Source: Book: Hockey's Hot Stove / NHL
2020-21 $5,000,000 $5,687,790 127
As President of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Source: Book: Hockey's Hot Stove
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL played a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries were not pro-rated but 10% of $5,000,000 was deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season was increased to 20% and performance bonuses were pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
2021-22 $5,000,000 $5,431,734 164
As President of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Source: Book: Hockey's Hot Stove
2022-23 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 174
As President of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Source: Book: Hockey's Hot Stove
Career Total: US $79,600,000
(In today's dollars: US $124,628,104)

NHL Rank: 57
(In today's dollars: 35)
Under Contract
2023-24 $5,000,000
As President of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Source: Book: Hockey's Hot Stove
2024-25 $5,000,000
As President of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Source: Book: Hockey's Hot Stove
Under contract for: US $10,000,000

Projected fortune at end of contract: US $89,600,000

 

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