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NHL Fortune: $7,597,768

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Jacques Demers’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$7,597,768 (US$14,607,634 in today's dollars), ranking #1300 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1972-73 $25,000 $161,585
As Director of players personnal for the Chicago Cougars, of the World Hockey Association. He joined them full time in mid-season after being a part time Quebec-based scout.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1973-74 $35,000 $213,074
As assistant coach of the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association. Signed a 2-year contract for $35k the first year and $37k the second, as assistant coach. (Made $25k according to the book The Rebel League)
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1974-75 $37,000 $202,821
As assistant coach of the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association (Made $25k according to the book The Rebel League)
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1978-79 $35,080 $145,364
Contract in Canadian currency: $40,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques in the World Hockey Association. Signed a 2-year contract for CAN$40k per season.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1979-80 $34,160 $127,218
Contract in Canadian currency: $40,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques in the NHL.
Source: La Presse / Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1982-83 $28,385 $79,507
Contract in Canadian currency: $35,000. As coach and general manager of the Fredericton Express in the American Hockey League.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1983-84 $52,000 $141,120
As coach of the St.Louis Blues in the NHL. Signed a 3-year contract for $52k, $55k and $57k per year.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1984-85 $55,000 $143,112
As coach of the St.Louis Blues in the NHL.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1985-86 $57,000 $143,229
As coach of the St.Louis Blues in the NHL. (According to La Presse, he earned $70,000; according to UPI, he hearned $75,000)
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1986-87 $372,000 $917,358
As coach of the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. Signed a 5-year contract for $1M overall plus a $100k signing bonus. In 1986-87, he ended up earning $372k: $200k in salary + $100k in signing bonus + $16k NHL bonus for reaching the 3rd playoff round + $16k team bonus for reaching 3rd round + $30k team bonus for playing in 3 rounds + $10k team bonus for winning the Adams trophy. He also got a Mercedes from the owner. (According to Superstar Hockey Yearbook 1986-87 / La Presse, he signed a guaranteed $1.1M for 5 years contract.) Off-ice, he also earned an estimated $100,000 that year with motivational speeches and ads for multiple firms including Chrysler, Sherwin-Williams, Ford, a restaurant, a cleaner, a hardwares store, etc.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1987-88 $200,000 $475,797
As coach of the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. Off-ice, he also earned an estimated $100,000 that year with motivational speeches and ads for multiple firms including Chrysler, Sherwin-Williams, Ford, a restaurant, a cleaner, a hardwares store, etc. (According to Superstar Hockey Yearbook 1986-87 / La Presse, he earned $220k.)
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1988-89 $310,000 $708,549
As coach of the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. Before the season, he signed a 2-year extension for $250k/season for the additional seasons to his existing contract, puttinh him under contract until the end of the 1992-93 season. He also got a $110,000 signign bonus. Off-ice, he also earned an estimated $100,000 that year with motivational speeches and ads for multiple firms including Chrysler, Sherwin-Williams, Ford, a restaurant, a cleaner, a hardwares store, etc. (According to Superstar Hockey Yearbook 1986-87 / La Presse, he earned $220k)
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1989-90 $200,000 $436,073 181
As coach of the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL. Off-ice, he also earned an estimated $100,000 that year with motivational speeches and ads for multiple firms including Chrysler, Sherwin-Williams, Ford, a restaurant, a cleaner, a hardwares store, etc. (According to Superstar Hockey Yearbook 1986-87 / La Presse, he earned $220k) He was fired at the end of the season, despite still having 3 years left on his contract ($200k, $250k and $250k). The owner of the Red Wings promised that they would pay him those 3 guaranteed year, no matter if he found another job or not, and offered him 2 Little Caesars franchises worth $80,000 each. Demers never took him up on the franchises.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1990-91 $200,000 $413,746 245
Was fired as the Detroit Red Wings coach at the end of the 1989-90 season but had a guaranteed contract until the end of 1992-93. He also earned over CAN$100,000 as color analyst for Quebec Nordiques games on radio.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres / La Presse
1991-92 $250,000 $496,182 235 $50,000 25%
Was fired as the Detroit Red Wings coach at the end of the 1989-90 season but had a guaranteed contract until the end of 1992-93. He also earned over CAN$100,000 as color analyst for Quebec Nordiques games on radio.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres / La Presse
1992-93 $300,000 $577,893 283 $50,000 20%
As coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Signed a 3-year deal for an undisclosed amount. La Presse estimated that it was $300,000/year with performance bonus of up to $50,000/year. Although he was legally entitled to receive another $250,000 from the last year of his guaranteed contract with the Detroit Red Wings, and that the owner of the team had promised that he would be paid even if he found another job, Demers declined to be paid by the Red Wings, claiming that the organization had been very good to him.
Source: La Presse / Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1993-94 $800,000 $1,496,885 91 $500,000 167%
As coach of the Montreal Canadiens. After Montreal won the Stanley Cup in 1992-93, he was offered a new 4-year contract at $800,000 per season, voiding his previous contract.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1994-95 $457,143 $833,664 136 -$342,857 -43%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $800,000 was prorated for the 48-game season. As coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1995-96 $800,000 $1,419,084 188 $342,857 75%
As coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Was fired very early in the season but had a guaranteed contract until then end of 1996-97. He was offered, and accepted, to be a scout for the Canadiens for the next 5 years (at $800k per season, per his guaranteed contract, for 2 years and $100k per season from 1997-98 to 1999-2000.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1996-97 $800,000 $1,378,642 250
Was fired very early the previous season as coach of the Montreal Canadiens but had a guaranteed contract until the end of the 1996-97 season.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1997-98 $350,000 $589,366 601 -$450,000 -56%
As coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning. A month into the season, he signed a 2-year contract at $350,000 per season and joined the team. Many NHL coaches were unhappy at him for signing at a below market-rate salary.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
1998-99 $550,000 $911,999 474 $200,000 57%
As coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Very early in the season, after the firing of Phil Esposito as general manager, Demers signed a new 4-year contract at $550,000 per year to be both coach and general manager, replacing the contract he had .
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres / La Presse
1999-00 $550,000 $892,454 521
Was fired by the Tampa Bay Lightnings after the 1998-99 season but had a guaranteed contract until the end of the 2001-02 season.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
2000-01 $550,000 $863,328 544
Was fired by the Tampa Bay Lightnings after the 1998-99 season but had a guaranteed contract until the end of the 2001-02 season.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
2001-02 $550,000 $839,583 579
Was fired by the Tampa Bay Lightnings after the 1998-99 season but had a guaranteed contract until the end of the 2001-02 season.
Source: Book: Jacques Demers en toutes lettres
Career Total: US$7,597,768
(In today's dollars: US$14,607,634)

NHL Rank: 1300
(In today's dollars: 1032)

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