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NHL Fortune: $312,811

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Maurice Richard’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$312,811 (US$3,209,291 in today's dollars), ranking #4426 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: August 4, 1921

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1942-43 $5,406 $89,482
Contract in Canadian currency: $6,000. As a rookie, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$5,000/season in the NHL and CAN$750/season in the minors plus a CAN$1,000 signing bonus. Bonuses included CAN$250 if team finished in first place or CAN$150 if team finished in second place; CAN$50 if he scored more than 15 goals in the season and CAN$25 for any additional goals. He did not earn any of the personal or team bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1943-44 $5,158 $80,547
Contract in Canadian currency: $5,725. In addition to base salary, earned CAN$250 in bonus because Montreal finished in 1st place and CAN$475 with 32 goals.
Source: Copy of contract
1944-45 $5,406 $83,072
Contract in Canadian currency: $6,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1943-44 and 1945-46.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1945-46 $6,307 $94,763
Contract in Canadian currency: $7,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$7,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1946-47 $8,000 $110,779
Contract in Canadian currency: $8,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1947-48 $9,000 $108,992
Contract in Canadian currency: $9,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1948-49 $10,000 $112,391
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1949-50 $9,911 $112,513
Contract in Canadian currency: $11,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1945-46 and 1950-51.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1950-51 $14,146 $158,853
Contract in Canadian currency: $15,700. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$14,000 plus bonuses: $ 1,000 if he scored 35 goals; $ 100/goal over 35; and, if he did not score 35 goals, $ 1,000 if he was in the top 3 scorers (unclear if for team of league). He scored 42 goals, earning $ 1,700 in bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1951-52 $14,250 $148,373
Contract in Canadian currency: $15,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1950-51 and 1953-54.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1952-53 $15,315 $155,919
Contract in Canadian currency: $15,000. Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1950-51 and 1953-54.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1953-54 $16,272 $164,362
Contract in Canadian currency: $16,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$15,000 plus $ 1,000 if he scored 20 goals or more, which he did.
Source: Classic Auctions
1954-55 $12,324 $124,066
Contract in Canadian currency: $12,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$12,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1955-56 $12,168 $122,816
Contract in Canadian currency: $12,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$12,000.
Source: Copy of contract
1956-57 $14,224 $141,455
Contract in Canadian currency: $14,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$12,000. Note alludes to total possible bonus of CAN$2,000 more than in 1955-56
Source: Copy of contract
1957-58 $20,860 $200,728
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. Basic salary of CAN$20,000 plus bonuses.
Source: Classic Auctions
1958-59 $14,111 $132,162
Contract in Canadian currency: $13,700. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$12,000 plus $ 100 per goal score during the season and playoffs. Scored 17 goals, earning CAN$1,700 in bonuses.
Source: Copy of contract
1959-60 $14,602 $135,400
Contract in Canadian currency: $14,000. Signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$12,000 plus $ 100 per goal score during the season and playoffs. Scored 20 goals, earning CAN$2,000 in bonuses. (Earned CAN$25,000 according to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography) Retired as a pro hockey player after the season.
Source: Copy of contract
1960-61 $25,775 $235,530
Contract in Canadian currency: $25,000. Retired before the start of the season and was paid anyway as a reward for his 18-year career. Was Ambassador of the Montreal Canadiens.
Source: Maclean's
1961-62 $19,740 $178,512
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. Earned CAN$ 20,000 as Ambassador of the Montreal Canadiens
Source: Book: They Called Me Chocolate Rocket
1962-63 $18,720 $167,273
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. Earned CAN$ 20,000 as Ambassador of the Montreal Canadiens
Source: Book: They Called Me Chocolate Rocket
1963-64 $18,540 $163,663
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. Earned CAN$ 20,000 as Ambassador of the Montreal Canadiens
Source: Book: They Called Me Chocolate Rocket
1964-65 $18,540 $161,553
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. Earned CAN$ 20,000 as Vice President of the Montreal Canadiens. Quit after the season, unhappy with his role.
Source: Book: They Called Me Chocolate Rocket
1972-73 $4,036 $26,086
Contract in Canadian currency: $4,000. Signed as coach of the Quebec Nordiques, of the World Hockey Association, for CAN$40,000 for the season and a $4,000 signing bonus. He quit after 1 game, realizing that coaching was not for him and returned his first paycheck to the team.
Source: Book: The Rebel League
Career Total: US$312,811
(In today's dollars: US$3,209,291)

NHL Rank: 4426
(In today's dollars: 2342)

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