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NHL Fortune: $4,737,821

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Petr Klima’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $4,737,821 (US $9,346,266 in today's dollars), ranking #1696 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: December 23, 1964
Country of birth: Czech Republic
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1983
  • Round #5
  • Overall Pick: 86
  • By: Detroit Red Wings

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1984-85 $0 $0
About a year after being drafted, signed a ten-year contract (five-year plus a five-year option up the the Red Wings) with the Detroit Red Wings for an average yearly salary of $250,000. Finished his military obligation in Czechoslovakia before defecting and joining the NHL in 1985-86.
Source: Book: The Russian Five
1985-86 $250,000 $628,196
Source: Book: The Russian Five
1986-87 $250,000 $616,504
Source: Book: The Russian Five
1987-88 $250,000 $594,746
Source: Book: The Russian Five
1988-89 $250,000 $571,410
Source: Book: The Russian Five
1989-90 $250,000 $545,092 100
(Earned US$ 150,000 according to the Canadian Press)
Source: Book: The Russian Five
1990-91 $214,250 $443,225 224 -$35,750 -14%
Contract in Canadian currency: $250,000. One-way contract.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $261,900 $519,800 217 $47,650 22%
Contract in Canadian currency: $300,000.
1992-93 $248,100 $477,918 401 -$13,800 -5%
Contract in Canadian currency: $300,000. Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $700,000 $1,309,774 120 $451,900 182%
1994-95 $428,571 $781,560 155 -$271,429 -39%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $750,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $800,000 $1,419,084 191 $371,429 87%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $835,000 $1,438,958 241 $35,000 4%
Source: La Presse (Made $125,000 according to Guide Hockey RDS)
Career Total: US $4,737,821
(In today's dollars: US $9,346,266)

NHL Rank: 1696
(In today's dollars: 1373)

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