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NHL Fortune: $27,332,454


Pat LaFontaine’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $27,332,454 (US $52,933,180 in today's dollars), ranking #544 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: February 22, 1965
Country of birth: USA
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1983
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 3
  • By: New York Islanders

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
In today's
1989-90 $400,000 $949,907 23
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $400,000 $901,270 39
Two-way contract: $400,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the minor leagues. He played in the NHL only, earning a full NHL salary.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $2,400,000 $5,188,046 2
Prior to the season, signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres for $7.2M: $1M signing bonus, and salaries escalating from $1.4 million to $1.8 million over the duration of the contract. Earned his $1.4M salary and $1M signing bonus.
Source: Buffalo News / Hockey Draft Central
1992-93 $1,775,000 $3,724,059 6
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $1,821,000 $3,711,078 15
Includes base salary and any signing bonus and deferred payments allocated to the 1993-94 season.
Source: The Hockey News
1994-95 $2,036,454 $4,044,880 7
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $3,563,795 was prorated for the 48-game season. Prior to the season, signed a five-year contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres for $22.5M.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996 / Los Angeles Times
1995-96 $4,300,000 $8,307,652 6
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $4,600,000 $8,633,982 5
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS / The Buffalo News
1997-98 $4,800,000 $8,803,389 9
Prior to the season, signed a two-year contract with the New York Rangers for $9.6M. Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News / Hockey Draft Central
1998-99 $4,800,000 $8,668,916 16
Did not play due to a concussion sustained near the end of the 1997-98 season but was paid with a guaranteed contract. Announced his retirement in October 1999.
Source: HockeyZonePlus / Hockey Draft Central
Career Total: US $27,332,454
(In today's dollars: US $52,933,180)

NHL Rank: 544
(In today's dollars: 302)


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