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NHL Fortune: $1,115,771

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Allan Bester’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$1,115,771 (US$2,295,564 in today's dollars), ranking #2924 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1983-84 $49,250 $127,901
Contract in Canadian currency: $60,727 . After being drafted in the 3rd round of the 1983 NHL draft, signed a 4-year, two-way, contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. With Year 1 starting the season in which he plays 11 pro games, he was to earn CAN$70,000; CAN$80,000, CAN$90,000 and CAN$90,000 in the 4th option year when in the NHL. His salary in any other professional league was set to CAN$25,000. The contract included a signing bonus of CAN$20,000 and the following bonuses: CAN$10,000 for winning the Vezina or Jennings Trophy and CAN$10,000 for each tranche of 40 NHL games played during the contract, up to 160. He ended up playing 32 games in the NHL and 23 games in the Ontario Hockey League, earning a pro-rated salary of approximately CAN$40,727 plus his signing bonus of CAN$20,000.
Source: Copy of the contract
1984-85 $41,173 $102,520
Contract in Canadian currency: $53,333 . He played 15 games in the NHL and 30 in the AHL, earning a pro-rated salary of approximately $43,333 plus a CAN$10,000 bonus for reaching the treshold of 40 total NHL games.
Source: Copy of the contract
1985-86 $19,233 $46,248
Contract in Canadian currency: $26,275 . He played 1 games in the NHL and 50 in the AHL, earning a pro-rated salary of approximately CAN$26,275.
Source: Copy of the contract
1986-87 $61,200 $144,421
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000 . He played 36 games in the NHL and 3 in the AHL, earning a pro-rated salary of approximately CAN$85,000 plus a CAN$10,000 bonus for reaching the treshold of 80 total NHL games.
Source: Copy of the contract
1987-88 $67,860 $154,486
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000 . Estimated minimum salary based on NHL salary of 1986-87. He played the whole season in the NHL.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $73,170 $160,038
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000 . Estimated minimum salary based on NHL salary of 1986-87. He played the whole season in the NHL.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $169,000 $352,614 266
Contract in Canadian currency: $200,000 .
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $192,825 $381,724 283 $23,825 14%
Contract in Canadian currency: $225,000 . One-way contract. Plus bonus for games played: CAN$5,000 at 50 games. He played 9 NHL games (and 17 overall until retirement) and did not earn the bonus.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $192,060 $364,772 351 ($765) 0%
Contract in Canadian currency: $220,000 . Estimated minimum salary based on 1990-91 one-way contract.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1992-93 $250,000 $460,840 367 $57,940 30%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News
Total:
US$1,115,771

In today's dollars:
US$2,295,564
NHL Rank:
2924

In today's dollars:
2515

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