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NHL Fortune: $1,489,700

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Net worth / salary history of Gordie Howe, who earned US $1,489,700 (US $8,679,741 in today's dollars) in his career, ranking #2281 in NHL career earnings / fortunes accumulated.

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1945-46 $2,200 $30,617
As a 17-year-old rookie, signed a contract with Detroit for $US2,000 for the season (plus $US 500 signing bonus) to play for their farm club, the Omaha Knights of the United States Hockey League.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1946-47 $5,000 $64,231
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with Detroit: $US 5,000 for the season in the NHL and $US 3,500 if he was sent to the minor. He ended up playing the whole season in Detroit. It was the only two-way contract in his career.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1959-60 $25,000 $214,469
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1960-61 $25,000 $211,571
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1961-62 $25,000 $209,448
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1962-63 $25,000 $206,683
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1963-64 $37,500 $306,985
Source: Magazine: Sports - Le hockey et ses vedettes
1964-65 $40,000 $323,226
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1965-66 $40,000 $318,095
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1966-67 $40,000 $308,308
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1967-68 $40,000 $300,000
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1968-69 $40,000 $287,931
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1969-70 $45,000 $307,153
Believing that he was one of the highest-paid player of the NHL, as Detroit's ownership had told him, he discovered while talking to Bobby Baun (teammate and President of the NHLPA) that he was not even the best-paid player for Detroit. For the next season, he asked for a salary raise to $US 100,000, which the team granted right away.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1970-71 $100,000 $645,619
His highest salary in the NHL: $100,000
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe; Book: The Rebel League; Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1971-72 $0 $0
Earned $US 50,000 as Vice President of Public Relations of the Detroit Red Wings.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1972-73 $0 $0
Earned $US 50,000 as Vice President of Public Relations of the Detroit Red Wings.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1973-74 $250,000 $1,410,473
Signed a 4-year contract with the Houston Aeros, of the WHA, for $1M. Deal also included sons Mark and Marty at $600k each for 4 years. (According to the book Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe, the overall deal was worth nearly $2.5M over 4 years, instead of $2.2M)
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1974-75 $250,000 $1,270,284
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1975-76 $250,000 $1,164,033
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1976-77 $250,000 $1,100,615
Source: Book: The Rebel League
Total:
$1,489,700

In today's dollars:
$8,679,741
NHL Rank:
2281

In today's dollars:
1160