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NHL Fortune: $1,506,700

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Gordie Howe’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $1,506,700 (US $9,510,739 in today's dollars), ranking #2864 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Country of birth: Canada

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1945-46 $2,700 $40,568
As a 17-year-old rookie, signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $2,200 for the season plus a $500 signing bonus to play for their farm club, the Omaha Knights of the United States Hockey League.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1946-47 $5,000 $69,237
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Detroit Red Wings: $5,000 for the season in the NHL and $3,500 if he was sent to the minor. He ended up playing the whole season in Detroit. It was the only two-way contract in his career.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe / Vintage Detroit
1959-60 $25,000 $231,818
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine / Detroit Free Press
1960-61 $25,000 $228,448
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1961-62 $25,000 $226,079
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1962-63 $38,500 $344,018
Base salary of $29,000 plus $9,500 awards and playoff bonuses. (Per Sports Extra Hockey Magazine, base salary was around $25,000)
Source: The Hockey News
1963-64 $31,000 $273,654
Signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $31,000. According to The Hockey News, he was the best-paid NHL player. (According to the magazine Sports - Le hockey et ses vedettes, he earned $37,500)
Source: The Hockey News
1964-65 $40,000 $348,549
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1965-66 $40,000 $343,129
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1966-67 $40,000 $333,190
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1967-68 $40,000 $324,101
Assumed/estimated salary based on article
Source: Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1968-69 $49,500 $384,700
Source: Gordie: A Hockey Legend / Sports Extra Hockey Magazine
1969-70 $45,000 $331,611
Believing that he was one of the highest-paid player of the NHL, as Detroit's ownership had told him, he discovered while talking to Bobby Baun (teammate and President of the NHLPA) that he was not even the best-paid player for Detroit. For the next season, he asked for a salary raise to $100,000, which the team granted right away.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1970-71 $100,000 $696,291
His highest salary in the NHL: $100,000. (According to the book Golden Oldies, he earned $125,000.)
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe / Book: The Rebel League / Sports Extra Hockey Magazine / Detroit Free Press
1971-72 $0 $0
Earned $50,000 as Vice President of Public Relations of the Detroit Red Wings.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1972-73 $0 $0
Earned $50,000 as Vice President of Public Relations of the Detroit Red Wings.
Source: Book: Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe
1973-74 $250,000 $1,521,959
Signed a 4-year contract with the Houston Aeros, of the WHA, for $1M. Deal also included sons Mark and Marty at $600k each for 4 years. (According to the book Mr. Hockey - Gordie Howe, the overall deal was worth nearly $2.5M over 4 years, instead of $2.2M)
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1974-75 $250,000 $1,370,412
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1975-76 $250,000 $1,255,574
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1976-77 $250,000 $1,187,401
Source: Book: The Rebel League
Career Total: US $1,506,700
(In today's dollars: US $9,510,739)

NHL Rank: 2864
(In today's dollars: 1355)

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