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Hockey Fortune: $10,382,690

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Bryan Trottier’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $10,382,690 (US $29,414,197 in today's dollars), ranking #1215 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: July 17, 1956
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
Salary History - Bryan Trottier
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Earnings
(US$)
In today's
US$
Rank
1974-75 $0 $0
In May 1974, after being picked 18th overall in the 1974 WHA draft, rejected a $500,000 for 10 years contract offer from the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA to see what bargaining power he'd have after the upcoming NHL draft. He ended up playing one last year in junior.
Source(s): Bryan Trottier on Spittin' Chiclets podcast.
1975-76 $585,000 $3,311,957
Prior to the season, signed a five-year contract with the New York Islanders that included a $500,000 signing bonus. Earned salary of $85,000 + $500,000 bonus. This was his first season in the NHL. (According to The Canadian, he earned in excess of $100,000 in salary plus a $100,000 signing bonus)
Source(s): Calgary Herald / The New York Times / Bryan Trottier on Spittin' Chiclets podcast
1976-77 $86,190 $461,467
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1975-76 and 1977-78.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
1977-78 $100,000 $502,722
Bases salary, not including bonuses, deferred payments and other extras. (Earned $90,000 according to the Globe and Mail.)
Source(s): The Gazette
1978-79 $101,500 $474,123
In addition to his $100,000 salary, also earned a $1,000 league bonus for getting the most points in the league and another $500 for leading the league in the first half of the season.
Source(s): La Presse
1979-80 $335,000 $1,406,372
On October 16, 1979, signed a five-year plus one-year option contract, with the New York Islanders, worth in excess of $2M, including bonuses. (According to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, he signed a six-year contract worth as much as $2M if he collected all the bonuses in addition to his $210,000 base salary.)
Source(s): The New York Times / La Presse
1980-81 $335,000 $1,238,618
Source(s): The New York Times
1981-82 $335,000 $1,122,685
Source(s): The New York Times
1982-83 $335,000 $1,057,767
Source(s): The New York Times
1983-84 $720,000 $2,202,651
Was to earn $335,000 per the contract signed in 1979 but during the summer preceeding the season, signed a new nine-year contract with the New York Islanders worth $6.62M including a $170,000 bonus (called retroactive pay for 1982-83), unknown salary breakdown from 1983-84 to 1989-90, $900,000 in 1990-91, $1M in 1992-92, and $1.315M to be paid in yearly installments for 10 years starting in 1992-93. Also got a $500,000 loan from the team and a clause allowing the Islanders to buyout his contract for two thirds of its remaining value, anytime. In 1983-84, he ended up earning his salary estimated at $550,000 plus the $170,000 bonus.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / The New York Times
1984-85 $475,000 $1,393,266
Source(s): The Globe and Mail / The Sporting News
1985-86 $600,000 $1,699,544
Estimated salary based on documented contract signed in 1983-84. (Earned $475,000 according to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey.)
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
1986-87 $625,000 $1,737,410
Source(s): Sport Magazine
1987-88 $730,000 $1,957,675
Source(s): La Presse
1988-89 $700,000 $1,803,568
(Earned $950,000 according to another edition of La Presse.)
Source(s): The Hockey News / The Sporting News / La Presse
1989-90 $800,000 $1,966,282 6
(Earned $575,000 according to the Canadian Press and $600,000 according to La Presse). After the season, on July 1, 1990, the New York Islanders bought out the remaining 2 years of the contract which was worth $3.215M ($900,000 in 1990-91, $1M in 1991-92 and $1.315M defered over 10 years starting in 1992-93). Per the clause in his contract signed in 1983, he was to get $2,121,900 (2/3 of what was owed to him). But in 1988, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement had been signed, stating that buyouts were payable over twice the length of the remaining years at a rate of $50,000 per year. He technically had 12 years remaining on his contract so the buyout was $50,000 per year for 24 years (2013-14) for a total of $1.2M.
Source(s): The Sporting News / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1990-91 $720,000 $1,679,045 14
On July 19, 1990, signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $400,000. Bonuses included, in $: $ 25,000 if he scored 25 games during the regular season with $ 1,000 per goal above 25; $ 25,000 if he got 50 assists during the regular season with $ 500 per assist above 50; $ 7,500 if the team finishes 1st overall in the league; $ 5,000 if the team finishes 1st in the division but not first in the league; $ 4,000 if the team finishes second in its division; $ 2,500 if the team finishes 3rd or 4th in its division; $ 2,500 if the team wins the 1st round of the playoffs; an additiona $5,000 if the team wins the second round of the playoffs; an additional $ 7,500 if the team wins the 3rd round of the playoffs; an additional $10,000 if the team wins the Stanley Cup. He personally negotiated with the General Manager a clause where he'd get half the bonus that Mario Lemieux would get if the Stanley Cup, superceding the $10,000 bonus indicated in his contract. He did not earn any personal bonuses (goals/passes) but the Penguins finished first in the division and won the Stanley Cup, triggering $ 20,000 in team performance bonuses and a $250,000 bonus for winning the Cup. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Copy of contract / The Hockey News / Canadian Press / Los Angeles Times / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / Bryan Trottier on Spittin' Chiclets podcast.
1991-92 $450,000 $1,006,792 78
On August 20, 1991, signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $400,000. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout. He retired from pro-hockey after the season.
Source(s): Los Angeles Times / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1992-93 $50,000 $108,573 1085
Worked in the front-office of the New York Islanders. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1993-94 $400,000 $843,694 272
Made a comeback as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins but finally retired for good, as a pro-hockey player, after half a season. Was Assistant Coach of the Penguins for the other half, earning $300,000 per year. During the season, earned an estimated $200,000 pro-rated salary as a player based on documented 1991-92 salary + $150,000 as Assistant-Coact ($300,000 pro-rated for half a season) + $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1994-95 $350,000 $719,505 217
Had a $300,000 salary as Assistant-Coach of the Pittsbugh Penguins. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout. In October 1994, he filed for Chapter 7 protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code, listing assets of $141,629 and debts of $9.5M.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / Greensboro News & Record
1995-96 $350,000 $699,862 499
Had a $300,000 salary as Assistant-Coach of the Pittsbugh Penguins. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1996-97 $350,000 $679,917 643
Had a $300,000 salary as Assistant-Coach of the Pittsbugh Penguins. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1997-98 $50,000 $94,910 716
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1998-99 $50,000 $93,461 794
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1999-00 $50,000 $91,458 778
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2000-01 $50,000 $88,473 774
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2001-02 $50,000 $86,039 763
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2002-03 $50,000 $84,695 748
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2003-04 $50,000 $82,817 733
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $50,000 $80,660 14
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2005-06 $50,000 $78,012 749
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2006-07 $50,000 $75,574 741
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2007-08 $50,000 $73,478 738
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2008-09 $50,000 $70,762 750
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2009-10 $50,000 $71,012 731
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2010-11 $50,000 $69,866 827
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout. Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold dozens of items for over $60,000 including two Stanley Cup rings worth $20,000 each.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / The Globe and Mail
2011-12 $50,000 $67,729 878
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2012-13 $50,000 $66,357 911
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2013-14 $50,000 $65,397 865
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source(s): Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
Career Total: US $10,382,690
(In today's dollars: US $29,414,197)

NHL Rank: 1215
(In today's dollars: 747)

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