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NHL Fortune: $15,152


Willie O'Ree’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $15,152 (US $156,411 in today's dollars), ranking #5866 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: October 15, 1935
Country of birth: Canada
Position: RW

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
In today's
1954-55 $1,479 $16,215
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,440. Earned $C 60 per week with the Quebec Frontenacs of the Quebec Provincial Junior A Hockey League.
Source: Book: 99 Stories of the Game
1956-57 $4,674 $50,622
Contract in Canadian currency: $4,600. Prior to the season, signed a one-year contract with the Quebec Aces, of the Quebec Senior League, for a salary of CAN $3,500, a signing bonus of $500, and performance bonuses (which he earned) of $300 if the team made the playoffs and $300 if he scored 20 goals. That was his first year in pro hockey.
Source: Book: Breaking the Ice / Book: 99 Stories of the Game
1960-61 $9,000 $89,574
With the Boston Bruins. Never played in the NHL again, playing 14 more years in minor leagues.
Source: Book: Breaking the Ice
Career Total: US $15,152
(In today's dollars: US $156,411)

NHL Rank: 5866
(In today's dollars: 5752)


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