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NHL Fortune: $7,007,169

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Kelly Buchberger’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$7,007,169 (US$11,054,010 in today's dollars), ranking #1301 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: December 2, 1966
Country of birth: Canada
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1985
  • Round #9
  • Overall Pick: 188
  • By: Edmonton Oilers

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1989-90 $88,725 $185,122 508
Contract in Canadian currency: $105,000.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $137,120 $271,448 441 $48,395 55%
Contract in Canadian currency: $160,000. One-way contract. Plus bonus for games played: CAN$3,000 at 55 games and an additional CAN$3,000 at 60 games. He played 64 NHL games and earned both bonuses.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $170,235 $323,320 407 $33,115 24%
Contract in Canadian currency: $195,000.
1992-93 $165,400 $304,891 657 -$4,835 -3%
Contract in Canadian currency: $200,000. Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $255,750 $457,928 459 $90,350 55%
Contract in Canadian currency: $330,000.
1994-95 $167,314 $291,982 507 -$88,436 -35%
Contract in Canadian currency: $400,000. Because of the lockout, his NHL salary was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $473,850 $804,345 369 $306,536 183%
Contract in Canadian currency: $650,000.
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $494,775 $815,929 460 $20,925 4%
Contract in Canadian currency: $675,000.
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $543,750 $876,192 433 $48,975 10%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $510,250 $809,651 500 -$33,500 -6%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $800,000 $1,242,214 369 $289,750 57%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $975,000 $1,464,538 315 $175,000 22%
2001-02 $1,075,000 $1,570,337 316 $100,000 10%
2002-03 $600,000 $862,775 552 -$475,000 -44%
2003-04 $550,000 $773,337 556 -$50,000 -8%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
Career Earnings: US$7,007,169
(In today's dollars: US$11,054,010)

NHL Rank: 1301
(In today's dollars: 1150)

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