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NHL Fortune: $85,220

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Salary history of Maurice Richard, who earned US $85,220 (US $802,303 in today's dollars) in his career, ranking #4296 in NHL fortunes accumulated.

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1942-43 $4,505 $69,233
Signed rookie contract for $C 5,000 per season for 2 years ($C 750 if he played in the minor league). Got a $C 1,000 signing bonus. Had following bonus structure: $C 250 if team finished in first place or $C 150 if team finished in second place (Montreal finished 4th); $C 50 if scored more than 15 goals in the season and $C 25 for any additional goals (he ended up scoring 5).
Source: Copy of contract
1943-44 $4,505 $65,231
Had following bonus structure: $C 250 if team finished in first place or $C 150 if team finished in second place (Montreal finished 1st respecively, earning him $C 250 in bonus); $C 50 if scored more than 15 goals in the season and $C 25 for any additional goals (he ended up scoring 32 goals, earning him $C 475 in bonus).
Source: Copy of contract
1955-56 $12,168 $113,734
Source: Copy of contract
1956-57 $12,192 $112,283
Total possible bonus $C 2,000 more than in 1955-56
Source: Copy of contract
1959-60 $26,075 $223,691
Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography
1960-61 $25,775 $218,130
Retired before the start of the season and paid anyway as a reward for his 18-year career.
Source: Maclean's
1972-73 $0 $0
Signed as coach of the Quebec Nordiques, of the World Hockey Association, for $C 40,000 (equivalent in $242k in today's $) for the season and $4,000 signing bonus. He quit after 1 game, realizing that coaching was not for him and returned his first paycheck to the team.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
Total:
$85,220

In today's dollars:
$802,303
NHL Rank:
4296

In today's dollars:
2999

Copy of contract (click to enlarge)