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NHL Fortune: $1,350,001

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Dale McCourt’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $1,350,001 (US $4,245,940 in today's dollars), ranking #3040 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: January 26, 1957
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1977
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 1
  • By: Detroit Red Wings

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1977-78 $116,667 $520,295
Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $350,000 over three years. This was his first season in the NHL
Source: Court filings: US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1978-79 $116,667 $483,445
Prior to the season, when Rogatien Vachon signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent, an arbitrator decided that the proper compensation to the Los Angeles Kings was Dale McCourt. Despite being offered a $3M contract with the Kings, for an unknown number of season, McCourt challenged the ruling in court and got an injunction to remain a Red Wing.
Source: Court filings: US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1979-80 $116,667 $434,487
Source: Court filings: US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
1980-81 $150,000 $491,991
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1979-80 and 1982-83.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1981-82 $150,000 $445,941
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1979-80 and 1982-83.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1982-83 $300,000 $840,311
Source: Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1983-84 $100,000 $271,386
Five games into the seasons, the Buffalo Sabres bought out his contract ($300,000 per year valid until the end of the 1984-85 season) for one-third of his salary for double the number of years remaining on his contract). He then signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for an unknown salary. Earned his $100,000 buyout plus his unknown salary with the Maple Leafs. Never played in the NHL again after the season, playing 6 more years in Switzerland before retiring from pro-hockey.
Source: Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1984-85 $100,000 $260,204
Earnied his $100,000 buyout from the Buffalo Sabres.
Source: Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1985-86 $100,000 $251,278
Earnied his $100,000 buyout from the Buffalo Sabres.
Source: Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
1986-87 $100,000 $246,602
Earnied his $100,000 buyout from the Buffalo Sabres.
Source: Book: McFarlane's History of Hockey
Career Total: US $1,350,001
(In today's dollars: US $4,245,940)

NHL Rank: 3040
(In today's dollars: 2066)

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