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The animated bar chart above illustrates how the Top Ten ranking of hockey career earnings evolved, since 1989, among NHLers that played at least one game for the Boston Bruins in their career. Bobby Orr led until Raymond Bourque took over in 1992-93 but Jaromir Jagr took over and ran away with the #1 spot starting in 1999-2000. Currently, he is followed by Joe Thornton and Zdeno Chara, far behind. Interestingly, six players in the current Top Ten spent one season or less in career with the Bruins and at least half the players finishing in the Top Ten since 2000 were with the team for a short period of time.

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The table below shows the current Top 10 hockey fortunes among current/past Boston Bruins, sorted in today's dollar value.

2022-23 Ranking - Sorted in Today's $US Value

Among Bruins
Player NHL Fortune
(Today's $) 
with Bruins 
1 1 Jaromir Jagr $218,596,433  1 Waiting for a call
2 12 Joe Thornton $149,494,305  8 Retired
3 18 Zdeno Chara $134,590,016  14 Retired
4 18 Jarome Iginla $134,448,450  1 Retired
5 31 Rick Nash $126,402,071  1 Retired
6 38 Patrice Bergeron $121,621,949  19 Active
7 49 Phil Kessel $114,207,459  3 Active
8 59 Brian Leetch $106,016,457  1 Retired
9 66 Wade Redden $102,472,942  1 Retired
10 72 Sergei Gonchar $98,611,674  1 Retired