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NHL Fortune: $364,869

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Jean Beliveau’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$364,869 (US$3,205,777 in today's dollars), ranking #4091 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
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(US$)
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(%)
1947-48 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. For Victoriaville, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$15/week (CAN$168 in today's dollars) until December and then CAN$35/week (CAN$393 in today's dollars) for the rest of the season.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1948-49 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. For Victoriaville, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$35/week (CAN$393 in today's dollars).
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1949-50 $5,406 $58,728
Contract in Canadian currency: $6,000. For the Quebec Citadelles, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$6,000. 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 $58,094
Contract in Canadian currency: $6,000. For the Quebec Citadelles, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$6,000. 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 $94,656
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. With the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. (According to Maclean's, he was making CAN$20,000)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1952-53 $20,420 $198,939
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. With the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. Figure ibcludes his hockey salary, job in a dairy company and other sources. (According to a copy of his contract with the Aces, he earned CAN$300 per week.)
Source: Books: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey and Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines / Maclean's / Copy of contract
1953-54 $41,697 $403,040
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. First full season in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000. (The 1958 Stanley Cup Annual Magazine has conflicting information, stating that Beliveau signed a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$100,000 for the 3 seasons)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1954-55 $42,107 $405,639
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1955-56 $41,574 $401,551
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1956-57 $41,656 $396,422
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1957-58 $42,763 $393,773
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1963-64 $18,540 $156,615
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000.
Source: The Hockey News
1970-71 $95,800 $638,321
Contract in Canadian currency: $100,000. He retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: Radio-Canada
1973-74 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. The Quebec Nordiques, of the World Hockey Association, offered him CAN$DN 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 10
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; $44,000 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 $25,937 for his 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring.
Source: The Globe and Mail / La Presse
2019-20 $0 $0 1002
Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold about 80 items from his private collection for approximately US$ 360,000. Proceeds of the sale were shared among the Beliveau family. Items sold include (in $) $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$364,869

In today's dollars:
US$3,205,777
NHL Rank:
4091

In today's dollars:
2176

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