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NHL Fortune: $50,233,321

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Chris Chelios’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $50,233,321 (US $81,908,739 in today's dollars), ranking #185 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: January 25, 1962
Country of birth: USA
Position: D
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1981
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 40
  • By: Montreal Canadiens

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1979-80 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Earned CAN$200 per month with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1980-81 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Earned CAN$200 per month with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1983-84 $94,482 $256,409
Contract in Canadian currency: $116,500. After participating in the 1984 Winter Olympics, signed a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$110,000 per season and a CAN$100,000 signing bonus and joined the team, as a rookie, for the last 12 games of the season. Earned 12/80th of $110,000 plus his signing bonus.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1984-85 $88,919 $231,371
Contract in Canadian currency: $115,180. In addition to playing in the NHL, he played for team USA in the Canada Cup tournament, earning $2,000 for showing up at camp and $2,000 for making the team. He did not earn the $1,000 for making the finals.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1985-86 $80,520 $202,329
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1986-87 $79,200 $195,308
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1987-88 $82,940 $197,313
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $89,430 $204,405
Contract in Canadian currency: $110,000. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1985-86 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $929,500 $2,026,650 3
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,100,000. According to the Canadian Press, he earned CAN$550,000. According to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, he signed a five-year contract for $575,000 plus $200,000 in deferred payments per season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1990-91 $1,100,000 $2,275,601 6 $170,500 18%
One-way contract. (Earned $865,000 according to the Canadian Press and $600,000 according to the Hockey News)
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1991-92 $1,100,000 $2,183,200 10
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1992-93 $1,100,000 $2,118,942 24
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $1,100,000 $2,058,217 45
Includes base salary and any signing bonus and deferred payments allocated to the 1993-94 season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News
1994-95 $1,514,286 $2,761,513 17 $414,286 38%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $2,650,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $2,750,000 $4,878,101 23 $1,235,714 82%
Earned $2,725,000 according to La Presse.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
1996-97 $2,800,000 $4,825,247 30 $50,000 2%
He earned $2,998,024 according to Guide Hockey RDS
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / La Presse
1997-98 $3,709,905 $6,247,118 17 $909,905 32%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $3,722,499 $6,172,575 34 $12,594 0%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $3,735,849 $6,061,952 43 $13,350 0%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $5,500,000 $8,633,275 22 $1,764,151 47%
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios / The Hockey News
2001-02 $5,500,000 $8,395,832 31
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
2002-03 $5,919,506 $8,895,055 33 $419,506 8%
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $5,936,286 $8,722,429 36 $16,780 0%
Source: Book: The Road to Hockeytown
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $850,000 $1,176,481 400 -$5,086,286 -86%
Source: La Presse
2006-07 $850,000 $1,139,714 424
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $850,000 $1,108,107 431
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $750,000 $941,593 520 -$100,000 -12%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $0 $0 735 -$750,000 -100%
He signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Thrashers for an undisclosed amount. He played 46 AHL games and 7 NHL games and then retired from pro hockey.
Source: Book: Made in America - Chris Chelios
Career Total: US $50,233,321
(In today's dollars: US $81,908,739)

NHL Rank: 185
(In today's dollars: 97)

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