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NHL Fortune: $1,917,501

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Derek Sanderson’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$1,917,501 (US$11,703,755 in today's dollars), ranking #2402 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$)
+/-
(%)
1965-66 $13,167 $108,086
Signed a 3-year contract with Boston for $39,500.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1966-67 $13,167 $104,955
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1967-68 $13,167 $102,092
According to Inside Hockey 1970-71, he made $10,000. According to Derek Sanderson, on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, he made $8,000.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1968-69 $25,000 $185,926
Signed a one-year deal with Boston for $25,000 (According to Derek Sanderson, on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, he got a $1,000 raise after winning the Calder trophy in 1967-68, bringing his salary to $9,000).
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1969-70 $13,000 $91,673
According to Derek Sanderson on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast and the book Crossing the Line, in June 1969, because of his famein Boston, he was asked to join the ownership of a group of 3 celebrities that opened a bar named Bachelors III in Boston. He did not have to invest anything and was given $30,000, a new Lincoln, plus everything free for himself and his friends at the bar for the year to promote it.
Source: Inside Hockey 1970-71 / Derek Sanderson on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast.
1970-71 $13,000 $86,620
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1969-70 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1971-72 $25,000 $159,706
Source: Derek Sanderson on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast
1972-73 $1,613,000 $9,976,532
Signed a contract with the Philadelphia Blazers of the World Hockey Association. Received $600,000 in cash as part of a $2.65-million, five-year deal (per some sources, he got a 10-year deal for $2.6M or $2.35M). Regardless, after only 8 games in which he got injured and played poorly, a new owner came in and bought back his contract for $1M. He then went back to Boston in the NHL. Revenue = $1.613k: $600k cash bonus + $1M buyback + $13,000 NHL salary.
Source: NY Times; Book: The Rebel League
1973-74 $13,000 $75,734
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1969-70 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1974-75 $13,000 $68,193
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1969-70 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1975-76 $13,000 $62,478
Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1969-70 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1976-77 $150,000 $681,761
Source: The Hockey News 1978 Yearbook
Total:
US$1,917,501

In today's dollars:
US$11,703,755
NHL Rank:
2402

In today's dollars:
1103

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