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NHL Fortune: $13,185,000

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Bob Probert’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$13,185,000 (US$21,553,310 in today's dollars), ranking #875 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1984-85 $65,000 $161,849
Base salary. Before the season, he signed a 3-year plus 1 option year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $65,000, $70,000, $80,000, and $85,000. He played the whole season in the Ontario Hockey League, possibly not earning his NHL salary.
Source: Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1985-86 $70,000 $168,320
Base salary.
Source: Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1986-87 $80,000 $188,786
Base salary.
Source: Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1987-88 $85,000 $193,506
Base salary.
Source: Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1988-89 $90,000 $196,849
Estimated minimum salary based on document salary for 1987-88 and 1990-91
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $95,000 $198,215 497
Estimated minimum salary based on document salary for 1987-88 and 1990-91
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1990-91 $250,000 $494,910 141 $155,000 163%
One-way contract.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $400,000 $759,703 90 $150,000 60%
1992-93 $400,000 $737,343 171
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $400,000 $716,212 267
1994-95 $0 $0 685 -$400,000 -100%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $0 was prorated for the 48-game season. Base salary. On July 23, 1994, according to the Chicago Tribune / NY Times, he signed a $6M contract for 4-year (3 + 1 optional year at $1.5M each) with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent. According to the Chicago Tribune / NY Times / Guide Hockey 1995-1996, he earned $1.6M, which is possibly his earnings with bonuses. He was subsequently suspended by the NHL for substance abuse and missed the entire 1994-95 season, without pay per the documentary Bob Probert: Tough Guy.
Source: Copy of contract / Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1995-96 $1,500,000 $2,546,200 82 $1,500,000 2624999999999900%
Base salary. According to La Presse, he earned $1.6M, which is possibly his earnings with bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract / Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1996-97 $1,500,000 $2,473,637 105
According to La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS, he earned $1.6M, which is possibly his earnings with bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract / Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1997-98 $1,500,000 $2,417,082 129
Base salary. According to The Hockey News, he earned $1.6M including base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: Copy of contract / Documentary - Though Guy: The Bob Probert Story
1998-99 $1,700,000 $2,697,515 134 $200,000 13%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $1,800,000 $2,794,981 140 $100,000 6%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $1,800,000 $2,703,763 160
2001-02 $850,000 $1,241,661 416 -$950,000 -53%
2002-03 $600,000 $862,775 552 -$250,000 -29%
During the 2002 summer, signed a one-year contract for $600,000 with the Chicago Blackhawks. Played in 3 exhibition games and was then placed on waiver, was not picked up, and was put on injury reserve. He then unofficially retired on November 16, 2002 and became an in-studio analyst for the team's radio broadcasts with his $600,000 contract still valid. In February 2003, he voluntarily submitted to residential treatment as part of the NHL Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program. After the season, he formally retired.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Total:
US$13,185,000

In today's dollars:
US$21,553,310
NHL Rank:
875

In today's dollars:
726

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