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NHL Fortune: $623,500

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Dennis Polonich’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$623,500 (US$1,963,911 in today's dollars), ranking #3450 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1973-74 $7,500 $43,193
After being drafted 118th overall at the NHL draft, signed a contract with the Detoit Red Wings for an undisclosed salary and a signing bonus of $7,500. Ended up playing the season with the London Lions, A affiliate of the Red Wings in England.
Source: Book: Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines
1977-78 $60,000 $253,168
Source: Globe and Mail
1978-79 $70,000 $274,525
Signed a two-year, plus one option year, one-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings: $70,000, $75,000 and $80,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1979-80 $80,000 $281,763
Signed a four-year, one-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings: $80,000, $90,000, $100,000 and $110,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1980-81 $90,000 $279,284
Source: Copy of contract
1981-82 $100,000 $281,298
Source: Copy of contract
1982-83 $110,000 $291,472
Also received a $850,000 settlement from Wilfrid Paiement 1982 following a lawsuit about a brutal attack, in 1978, when he was hit in the face by Paiement's stick, causing a concussion, severe facial lacerations, a broken nose requiring reconstructive surgery, and lifelong breathing problems.
Source: Copy of contract
1983-84 $30,000 $77,018
Americal Hockey League contract for $30,000 plus unspecified bonuses.
Source: Classic Auctions
1984-85 $30,000 $73,831
Estimated salary based on documented 1983-84 salary also in the AHL.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1985-86 $24,000 $57,033
In the International Hockey League. Based on notes on various documents, salary appears to have been around $24,000 plus bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1986-87 $22,000 $51,327
In the International Hockey League. Based on notes on various documents, salary appears to have been around $22,000 plus bonuses. Retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: Copy of contract
Total:
US$623,500

In today's dollars:
US$1,963,911
NHL Rank:
3450

In today's dollars:
2539

Contract(s) (click to enlarge)