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NHL Fortune: $4,800,000

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Denis Potvin’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $4,800,000 (US $16,854,904 in today's dollars), ranking #1768 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: October 29, 1953
Country of birth: Canada
Position: D
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1973
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 1
  • 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
1973-74 $300,000 $1,977,703
As a rookie, signed a three-year contract with the New York Islanders for $100,000 per season plus a signing bonus of $200,000. The Chigago Cougars, of the World Hockey Association, were rumored to have offered a two-year contract for $300,000 overall. (According to different editions of La Presse, it was for $175,000 per season or $500,000 for four years; according to another edition of The Sporting News, it was for $200,000 per season plus $50,000 upfront; according to another edition of The Sporting News, it was for $500,000 for an unknow number of years with $250,000 paid upfront and the rest later.))
Source: La Presse / Hockey Pictorial Magazine The Sporting News
1974-75 $100,000 $593,592
Source: La Presse / Hockey Pictorial Magazine
1975-76 $100,000 $543,850
Source: La Presse / Hockey Pictorial Magazine
1976-77 $100,000 $514,321
Estimate minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1975-76 and 1977-78.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1977-78 $250,000 $1,207,309
Bases salary, not including bonuses, deferred payments and other extras. (Earned $150,000 according to the Globe and Mail.)
Source: The Gazette
1978-79 $250,000 $1,121,800
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1984-85.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $250,000 $1,008,198
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1984-85.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1980-81 $250,000 $887,938
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1981-82.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1981-82 $250,000 $804,828
Source: The Sporting News
1982-83 $450,000 $1,364,922
On September 21, 1982, as a free agent, signed a one-year plus one-year option contract with the New York Islanders for $450,000 per season.
Source: La Presse / The Sporting News
1983-84 $450,000 $1,322,440
(Earned $400,000 according to another edition of The Sporting News.)
Source: La Presse / The Sporting News
1984-85 $425,000 $1,197,512
Source: The Globe and Mail / The Sporting News
1985-86 $500,000 $1,360,509
Estimated salary based on documented salary in 1984-85 and 1986-87.
Source: :La Presse
1986-87 $550,000 $1,468,707
Source: Sport magazine
1987-88 $575,000 $1,481,275
Earned between $550,000 and $600,000. Retired from pro hockey afte the season.
Source: The Hockey News
Career Total: US $4,800,000
(In today's dollars: US $16,854,904)

NHL Rank: 1768
(In today's dollars: 1040)