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NHL Fortune: $61,181,429

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Brian Leetch’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$61,181,429 (US$93,262,979 in today's dollars), ranking #92 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$)
+/-
(%)
1989-90 $210,000 $438,159 162
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $230,000 $455,318 175 $20,000 10%
One-way contract. Plus bonus for games played: $15,000 at 220 games and an additional CAN$5,000 at 40 games. He played 80 NHL games (and nearly 1000 during the rest of his career) and earned both bonuses.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $250,000 $474,815 234 $20,000 9%
1992-93 $1,700,000 $3,133,709 7 $1,450,000 580%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News
1993-94 $1,805,000 $3,231,907 16 $105,000 6%
1994-95 $1,221,429 $2,131,526 28 -$583,571 -32%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $2,137,500 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $2,612,500 $4,434,632 27 $1,391,071 114%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $3,087,500 $5,091,570 20 $475,000 18%
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $3,372,500 $5,434,406 26 $285,000 9%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $3,372,500 $5,351,395 41
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $6,680,000 $10,372,486 11 $3,307,500 98%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $7,680,000 $11,536,056 9 $1,000,000 15%
Source: The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $8,680,000 $12,679,555 11 $1,000,000 13%
2002-03 $9,680,000 $13,919,440 7 $1,000,000 12%
2003-04 $6,600,000 $9,280,039 27 -$3,080,000 -32%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $4,000,000 $5,297,967 40
Total:
US$61,181,429

In today's dollars:
US$93,262,979
NHL Rank:
92

In today's dollars:
48

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