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NHL Fortune: $2,255,000

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Clark Gillies’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $2,255,000 (US $7,285,950 in today's dollars), ranking #2406 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: April 7, 1954
Country of birth: Canada
Position: LW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1974
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 4
  • By: New York Islanders

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1974-75 $75,000 $411,124
After being drafted 4th overall in the NHL in the 1974 draft, signed a 5-year contract with the New York Islanders for ($) $ 75,000, $ 85,000, $ 90,000, $ 110,000, and $115,000. Unknown performance bonuses were also included.
Source: Copy of contract
1975-76 $85,000 $426,895
Source: Copy of contract
1976-77 $90,000 $427,464
Source: Copy of contract
1977-78 $110,000 $490,563
According to the Globe and Mail, he earned $95,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1978-79 $165,000 $683,727
Signed a new 5-year plus 1 option year contract with the New York Islanders, starting in 1978-79, for ($): $ 165,000, $ 175,000, $ 180,000, $ 180,000, $ 185,000, and $ 190,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1979-80 $175,000 $651,729
Source: Copy of contract
1980-81 $180,000 $590,390
Source: Copy of contract
1981-82 $180,000 $535,130
Source: Copy of contract
1982-83 $185,000 $518,192
Source: Copy of contract
1983-84 $190,000 $515,633
Source: Copy of contract
1984-85 $190,000 $494,388
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1983-84.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1985-86 $190,000 $477,429
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1983-84.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1986-87 $190,000 $468,543
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salary for 1983-84.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1987-88 $250,000 $594,746
Per the incomplete contract document, in 1983 he signed a contract with the New York Islanders that had a tw-way option year in 1987-88 for $250,000 in the NHL and $ 83,000 in the minor leagues. In 1987-88, he was playing for the Buffalo Sabres and it is assumed that he made that salary or a similar one. He retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: Copy of contract
Career Total: US $2,255,000
(In today's dollars: US $7,285,950)

NHL Rank: 2406
(In today's dollars: 1583)

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