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NHL Fortune: $68,054,157

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Mark Messier’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $68,054,157 (US $106,695,120 in today's dollars), ranking #59 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1978-79 $26,000 $101,966
Signed a one-year contract with the Cincinnati Stingers, of the World Hockey Association, for $US 26,000. (According to the book The Rebel League, he earned $US 30,000)
Source: Copy of contract
1979-80 $42,700 $150,391
After being drafted 48th overall in the NHL draft by the Edmonton Oilers, held out during training camp wanting a four-year contract at $C 50,000/season. The Oilers were offering either a four-year, two-way contract that would pay considerably less if sent in the minors or a one-year plus one option year, one-way contract at $C 20,000. He ended up signing a contract and we assume that it was the $C 50,000/season for 4 years.
Source: Book: Messier
1980-81 $42,750 $132,660
Source: Book: Messier
1981-82 $41,700 $117,301
Source: Book: Messier
1982-83 $40,550 $107,447
Source: Book: Messier
1983-84 $40,550 $104,103
Estimated minimum salary based on 1979-80 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1984-85 $231,600 $569,972
Signed a 5-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers for $C300,000/season.
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1985-86 $219,600 $521,856
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1986-87 $216,000 $503,934
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1987-88 $226,200 $509,149
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1988-89 $243,900 $527,179
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1989-90 $837,142 $1,726,267 4
Plus $C 42,800 in deferred payment.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $824,434 $1,612,913 8 -$12,708 -2%
One-way contract.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $1,084,000 $2,035,087 13 $259,566 31%
1992-93 $2,385,000 $4,346,718 4 $1,301,000 120%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News
1993-94 $2,533,000 $4,482,271 6 $148,000 6%
1994-95 $3,596,059 $6,204,536 2 $1,063,059 42%
Lockout: NHL salary prorated for 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $6,000,000 $10,066,929 2 $2,403,941 67%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $6,000,000 $9,778,203 2
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $6,015,000 $9,582,776 4 $15,000 0%
Signed a five-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks for $US 6M/season (Each year: $US 2M signing bonus, $US 3M salary and $US 1M promotional fee). Included buyout options of $US 2M before the 2000-01 season and a $US 1M before the 2001-02 season. Contract clauses included up to $ 3,000 per month for a 3-bedroom corporate apartment in Vancouver as he was living in Washington State; post-career moving allowance; fully guaranteed disability and life insurance; luxury box and 10 tickets per game if box unavailable; no trade clause; and single room on the road. Bonuses included $ 150,000 if the team participates in the second playoff round; $ 200,000 for the 3rd round; $ 200,000 for the 4th round; and $ 200,000 for winning the Stanley Cup. Also $ 250,000 if the team won the Western Conference; $ 100,000 if he made the NHL 1st All-Star Team; $ 25,000 if he made the 2nd All-Star team; $ 15,000 if he participated in the All-Star game; $ 100,000 for winning the Hart/Ross/Smythe awards; $ 25,000 for finishing second for the Hart/Ross/Smythe awards; and $ 15,000 for finishing 3rd for the Hart/Ross/Smythe awards. He did not earn any bonus except $US 15,000 for participating in the All Star Game.
Source: Copy of negotiating notes from Darren Rovell / Vancouver Sun / The Hockey News
1998-99 $6,015,000 $9,435,801 6
He did not earn any bonus except $US 15,000 for participating in the All Star Game.
Source: Copy of negotiating notes from Darren Rovell / The Hockey News
1999-00 $8,000,000 $12,278,511 6 $1,985,000 33%
He did not earn any bonus. After the season, the Vancouver Canuck bought out the last 3 years of the contract for $US 2M.
Source: Copy of negotiating notes from Darren Rovell / The Hockey News
2000-01 $4,000,000 $5,939,605 41 -$4,000,000 -50%
Source: The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $5,583,530 $8,061,596 30 $1,583,530 40%
2002-03 $3,904,858 $5,550,151 73 -$1,678,672 -30%
2003-04 $3,904,585 $5,426,100 82 -$273 0%
Retired from pro hockey after the season.
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2011-12 $6,000,000 $6,821,699 50
In the 2012 summer, an arbitrator awarded a $ 6M settlement from the Vancouver Canucks because of a clause in his 1997-98 contract stipulating that he would compensate if the value of the Canuck franchise increased over the life of his contract.
Source: Vancouver Sun
Total:
US $68,054,157

In today's dollars:
US $106,695,120
NHL Rank:
59

In today's dollars:
28

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