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NHL Fortune: $17,007,100

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Darren McCarty’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $17,007,143 (US $24,946,656 in today's dollars), ranking #671 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Season   Salary
($US)
In today's
$
NHL
Rank
+/-
($)
+/-
(%)
1993-94 $200,000 $353,910 545
As a rookie, signed a $200,000/year contract with Detroit and got a $200,000 signing bonus.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
1994-95 $457,143 $788,741 136 $257,143 129%
Lockout: NHL salary prorated for 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $900,000 $1,510,039 157 $442,857 97%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $900,000 $1,466,730 200
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $900,000 $1,433,832 234
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $1,000,000 $1,568,712 234 $100,000 11%
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
1999-00 $1,650,000 $2,532,443 164 $650,000 65%
Source: Associated Press
2000-01 $1,800,000 $2,672,822 160 $150,000 9%
Source: Associated Press / The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $1,950,000 $2,815,443 182 $150,000 8%
Source: Associated Press
2002-03 $2,200,000 $3,126,959 171 $250,000 13%
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2003-04 $2,250,000 $3,126,766 184 $50,000 2%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $800,000 $1,082,901 417 -$1,450,000 -64%
Signed a 2-year contract with Calgary for $800,000/year after having his contract bought out by Detroit for $1.7M. According to his book, he agreed to a divorce settlement agreement with his ex-wife where she would receive 75% of his income from February 2005 until he retires from the NHL, which he did after the 2008-09 season. He also agreed to give her all the money they had in bank accounts before the bankruptcy he filed in 2005. He also agreed to give her the house he had originally purchased for $1.3M.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2006-07 $800,000 $1,014,683 433
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $600,000 $740,087 568 -$200,000 -25%
Around US Thanksgiving, signed a 3-way contract with Detroit: $600,000/year in the NHL; $75,000/year in the AHL; $500 per week in the IHL. Ended up playing 3 games in the NHL, 13 games in the AHL, and 11 games in the IHL.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2008-09 $600,000 $712,587 590
3-way contract with Detroit: $600,000/year in the NHL; $75,000/year in the AHL; $500 per week in the IHL. Played 13 games in the NHL and 19 games in the AHL.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
2013-14 $0 $0 748
In his book published in 2013, he claims that when he retired, after the 2008-09 season, he had $5,000 in the bank and a total net worth of $50,000, including some insurance policies he had. He claims that he lives month-to-month on his $US 636/month NHL pension and revenues from authographs and promotional appearances as he lost all his wealth due to careless and frivolous spendings, pure generosity towards friends and family, drugs, gambling, unpaid loans to friend and acquaintances, money he gave to help people, bad business deals, funding his hard rock band, and his divorce settlement.
Source: Book: My Last Fight - Darren McCarty
Total:
US $17,007,143

In today's dollars:
US $24,946,656
NHL Rank:
671

In today's dollars:
579