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NHL Fortune: $1,138,803

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Michel Bergeron’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$1,138,803 (US$2,883,946 in today's dollars), ranking #2913 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1975-76 $15,728 $75,589
Contract in Canadian currency: $16,000 . As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Signed a 2-year contract with the Draveurs, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: CAN$16,000 for the first season and CAN$18,000 for the second season plus the cost of moving from Montreal to Trois-Rivieres.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1976-77 $18,252 $82,957
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000 . As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1977-78 $16,920 $72,208
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000 . As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1976-77 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1978-79 $15,786 $62,597
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000 . As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1976-77 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $46,970 $167,391
Contract in Canadian currency: $55,000 . As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Including bonuses.
Source: La Presse
1980-81 $57,000 $178,907
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. Signed a 3-year contract without a specific role in the organization. Ended up being assistant coach and became head coach 6 games into the season. La Presses estimated that the offer had to be for at least CAN$200,000 overall for the 3 seasons.
Source: La Presse
1981-82 $55,600 $158,178
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: La Presse
1982-83 $54,067 $144,922
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: La Presse
1983-84 $54,067 $140,411
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. Estimated minimum salary based on previous seasons.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1984-85 $69,480 $173,004
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. During the 1983-84, as a vote of confidence during a rough patch, signed a 3-year contract with the Quebec Nordiques for CAN$90,000/season starting in 1984-85.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1985-86 $65,880 $158,413
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1986-87 $64,800 $152,916
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1987-88 $220,000 $500,838
As coach of the New York Rangers. Signed a 3-year contract with the Rangers as the best paid coach of the NHL along with Jacques Demers and Mike Keenan.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1988-89 $220,000 $481,187
As coach of the New York Rangers.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1989-90 $126,750 $264,460 394
Contract in Canadian currency: $150,000 . As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. Was fired by the Rangers at the end of the 1988-89 season. On April 14, 1989, he signed 3-year deal as coach of the Quebec Nordiques, in the NHL, for CAN$150,000 (with additional incentives that could reach CAN$50,000) per year. The New York Rangers, who would have been obligated to pay his salary of about $225,000 for the final year of his contract, were released from that requirement.
Source: Kevin Johnston / New York Times
1990-91 $8,570 $16,966 852 ($118,180) -93%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000 . After the 1989-90 season, the Quebec Nordiques hired a new General Manager who wanted a different coach. There were 5 years left to his contract and he was offered other jobs with the organization. He elected to go work in the media in Montreal and to get out of his contract, he settled for CAN$50,000 over 5 years with the team. According to La Presse, he signed a 3-year deal with TV station TVA and radio station CKAC for over CAN$250,000 per year. He has worked in the media, in various capacities, ever since.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1991-92 $8,730 $16,581 559 $160 2%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000 .
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1992-93 $8,270 $15,245 1091 ($460) -5%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000 .
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1993-94 $7,750 $13,877 637 ($520) -6%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000 .
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1994-95 $4,183 $7,300 681 ($3,567) -46%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000 . Because of the lockout, his NHL salary was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
Total:
US$1,138,803

In today's dollars:
US$2,883,946
NHL Rank:
2913

In today's dollars:
2267

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