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NHL Fortune: $50,233,321

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Chris Chelios’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $50,233,321 (US $77,477,593 in today's dollars), ranking #143 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1979-80 $0 $0
Earned $C 200 per month with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1980-81 $0 $0
Earned $C 200 per month with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1983-84 $94,482 $242,559
After participating in the 1984 Winter Olympics, signed a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C 110,000 per season and a $C 100,000 signing bonus and joined the team, as a rookie, for the last 12 games of the season. Earned 12/80th of $110,000 plus his signing bonus.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1984-85 $88,919 $218,831
In addition to playing in the NHL, he played for team USA in the Canada Cup tournament, earning $US 2,000 for showing up at camp and $US 2,000 for making the team. He did not earn the $US 1,000 for making the finals.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1985-86 $80,520 $191,347
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1986-87 $79,200 $184,776
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1987-88 $82,940 $186,688
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $89,430 $193,299
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $929,500 $1,916,719 3
According to the Canadian Press, he earned $C 550,000
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1990-91 $1,100,000 $2,152,028 5 $170,500 18%
One-way contract. (Earned $US 865,000 according to the Canadian Press and $US 600,000 according to the Hockey News)
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1991-92 $1,100,000 $2,065,125 10
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1992-93 $1,100,000 $2,004,775 24
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News
1993-94 $1,100,000 $1,946,505 43
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1994-95 $1,514,286 $2,612,705 16 $414,286 38%
Lockout: NHL salary prorated for 48-game season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $2,750,000 $4,614,009 23 $1,235,714 82%
Earned $US 2,725,000 according to La Presse.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1996-97 $2,800,000 $4,563,161 30 $50,000 2%
He earned $US 2,998,024 according to Guide Hockey RDS
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / La Presse
1997-98 $3,709,905 $5,910,422 17 $909,905 32%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $3,722,499 $5,839,528 33 $12,594 0%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $3,735,849 $5,733,833 44 $13,350 0%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News
2000-01 $5,500,000 $8,166,957 22 $1,764,151 47%
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
2001-02 $5,500,000 $7,940,994 31
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
2002-03 $5,919,506 $8,413,661 33 $419,506 8%
2003-04 $5,936,286 $8,249,502 36 $16,780 0%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $850,000 $1,112,878 396
2006-07 $850,000 $1,078,100 415
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $850,000 $1,048,456 426
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $750,000 $890,734 515 -$100,000 -12%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $0 $0 726 -$750,000 -100%
He signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Thrashers for an undisclosed amount. He played 46 AHL games and 7 NHL games and then retired from pro hockey.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
Total:
US $50,233,321

In today's dollars:
US $77,477,593
NHL Rank:
143

In today's dollars:
77