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NHL Fortune: $2,744,360

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Bobby Orr’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $2,744,360 (US $14,478,580 in today's dollars), ranking #2207 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: March 20, 1948
Country of birth: Canada
Position: D

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1962-63 $9,360 $83,637
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. At age 14, signed a C-Form commiting to the Boston Bruins once he reached age 18 for a bonus of C$10,000, a new car and the Bruins paying to stucco the family home.
Source: Book: Searching for Bobby Orr / Book: Number Four - Bobby Orr
1966-67 $30,000 $249,892
Prior to the season, signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins for a salary of $25,000 per year plus a bonus of $5,000 each season if he played more than 40 games, which he did. First year in the NHL. (According to the book Number Four - Bobby Orr, on September 3, 1966, he signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $40,000 total over two seasons, including salary and a bonus. According to another account in the same book and to the book La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens, he signed a two-year contract for $75,000 overall. According to the book The 30 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All Time, he signed a two-year contract worth $80,000. According to the book Don Cherry's Sports Heroes, he earned $15,000 in salary and a $5,000 bonus for playing more than 40 games.)
Source: Book: Orr: My Story / Book: The Lively World of Hockey
1967-68 $30,000 $243,076
$25,000 salary plus $5,000 bonus for playing more than 40 games. (According to the book Don Cherry's Sports Heroes, he earned $15,000 in salary and a $5,000 bonus for playing more than 40 games.)
Source: Book: Orr: My Story / Book: The Lively World of Hockey
1968-69 $50,000 $388,585
Signed three-year contract with the Boston Bruins for just under $50,000/year plus $25,000 bonus if the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, which they did not. (According to the book Number Four - Bobby Orr, signed a three-year contract for $200,000. According to another account in the same book, the three-year contract was for $65,000 per season)
Source: Inside Hockey 1969-70
1969-70 $50,000 $368,457
Plus $25,000 bonus if the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, which they did not.
Source: Inside Hockey 1969-70
1970-71 $75,000 $522,218
Base salary of $50,000 plus a $25,000 bonus as the Bruins won the Stanley Cup. According to the book Number Four - Bobby Orr, earned an additional $10,000 for two radio commercials and a single promotional appearance.
Source: Inside Hockey 1969-70
1971-72 $200,000 $1,335,144
Signed a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $1M.
Source: Book: The Hot Line / Book: The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time / Book: 100 moments historiques des Canadiens / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1972-73 $200,000 $1,292,683
Source: Book: The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time / Book: 100 moments historiques des Canadiens / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1973-74 $200,000 $1,217,568
Earned $180,000 according to Hockey Pictorial Magazine.
Source: Book: The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time / Book: 100 moments historiques des Canadiens / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1974-75 $200,000 $1,096,329
Source: Book: The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time / Book: 100 moments historiques des Canadiens / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1975-76 $200,000 $1,004,459
According to The Sporting News, the Minnesota Fighting Saints, in the WHA, offered him a $6.5M contract for an unknow number of years, with $1M paid upfront, which he never accepted.
Source: Book: The Top 100 NHL Players of All Time / Book: 100 moments historiques des Canadiens / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1976-77 $500,000 $2,374,802
Prior to the season, signed a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for $3M. (According to the book Breakaway, prior to the season, signed a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for $3M with $1.5M guaranteed.)
Source: Book: Orr: My Story / The Sporting News
1977-78 $500,000 $2,229,830
Did not play because of injuries.
Source: Book: Orr: My Story
1978-79 $500,000 $2,071,899
Never played pro hockey again after the season.
Source: Book: Orr: My Story
Career Total: US $2,744,360
(In today's dollars: US $14,478,580)

NHL Rank: 2207
(In today's dollars: 1046)

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