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NHL Fortune: $346,329

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Jean Beliveau’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $346,329 (US $3,011,970 in today's dollars), ranking #4002 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
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NHL
Rank
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1947-48 $0 $0
For Victoriaville, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made $C15/week ($C168 in today's dollars) until December and then $C35/week ($C393 in today's dollars) for the rest of the season.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1948-49 $0 $0
For Victoriaville, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made $C35/week ($C393 in today's dollars).
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1949-50 $5,406 $58,080
For the Quebec Citadelles, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made $C6,000. He was also working in Public Relations for Laiterie Laval for $3,000/year.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1950-51 $5,406 $57,357
For the Quebec Citadelles, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made $C6,000. He was also working in Public Relations for Laiterie Laval for $3,000/year.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1951-52 $9,500 $93,429
With the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. (According to Maclean's, he was making $C20,000)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1952-53 $20,420 $196,293
With the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. (According to a copy of his contract, he earned only $C 300 per week.)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's / Copy of contract
1953-54 $41,697 $397,833
First full season in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to a base salary of $C21,000, he had a $C10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately $C10,000. (The 1958 Stanley Cup Annual Magazine has conflicting information, stating that Beliveau signed a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $C100,000 for the 3 seasons)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1954-55 $42,107 $400,251
In addition to a base salary of $C21,000, he had a $C10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately $C10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1955-56 $41,574 $396,659
In addition to a base salary of $C21,000, he had a $C10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately $C10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1956-57 $41,656 $391,597
In addition to a base salary of $C21,000, he had a $C10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately $C10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1957-58 $42,763 $389,128
In addition to a base salary of $C21,000, he had a $C10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately $C10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1970-71 $95,800 $631,342
He retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: Radio-Canada
1973-74 $0 $0
The Quebec Nordiques, of the World Hockey Association, offered him $CDN 300,000 per season to come out of retirement and join the team. He refused and stayed with the Montreal Canadiens in his administrative role.
Source: Book: Les Nordiques
2004-05 $0 $0 8
Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold about 200 items from his private collection for nearly US$1 million. Proceeds of the sale were shared with his family. Items sold included US$62,768 for his 1958-59 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring; $US44,000 for a 1967 game worn jersey; $27,964 for his 1965 Conn Smythe Trophy; $27,087 for his 1957-58 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship miniature trophy; and $US25,937 for his 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring.
Source: The Globe and Mail / La Presse
2019-20 $0 $0 953
Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold about 80 items from his private collection for approximately US$ 360,000. Proceeds of the sale were shared among the Beliveau family. Items sold include (in $US) $65,591 for a 1962-63 game-worn jersey; $48,050 for his 1970-71 game used skates for his 500th goal; $45,960 for his 1958-59 Stanley Cup ring; and $37,023 for a 1970-71 presentational trophy for his 500th goal.
Source: Classic Auctions
Total:
US $346,329

In today's dollars:
US $3,011,970
NHL Rank:
4002

In today's dollars:
2123

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