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NHL Fortune: $284,755

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Jerry Butler’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$284,755 (US$1,051,726 in today's dollars), ranking #4255 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$)
+/-
(%)
1977-78 $56,400 $240,693
Contract in Canadian currency: $60,000.
Source: Globe and Mail
1978-79 $74,545 $295,597
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000. Signed a two-year plus one option year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$85,000 the first season and $ 90,000 the following two seasons. Bonuses, to be renegotiated if he was traded: $ C 1,000 for 15 goals or 35 points; $ 1,000 if the team finished in 2nd place in its division; $ 2,000 if the team finished in 1st place in its division; $ 2,000 for reaching the semi-finals; $ 1,000 if the team had 225 or less goals against; an additional $ 1,000 if the team had 200 goals against or less; $ 500 if the team had a penalty killing percentage of 81%; and an additional $ 100 for each 1/10th percentage over 81%. Did not earn any of the bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1979-80 $76,860 $273,913
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. Was traded to Vancouver during the season. Assuming that he renegotiated the same bonuses, did not earn any.
Source: Copy of contract
1980-81 $76,950 $241,523
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. Assuming that he renegotiated the same bonuses, did not earn any.
Source: Copy of contract
Total:
US$284,755

In today's dollars:
US$1,051,726
NHL Rank:
4255

In today's dollars:
3335

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Interesting animated bar chart race showing that 36 players and 1 commissioner appeared, in the past 25 years, in the yearly Top Ten NHL/hockey fortunes accumulated. Jaromir Jagr is #1 in total hockey earnings since 2002-03 and will be taken over in 2-3 years by Crosby and Ovechkin. How is your 401k/RSSP doing?

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