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NHL Fortune: $2,084,486

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Derek Sanderson’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $2,084,486 (US $12,646,890 in today's dollars), ranking #2509 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: June 16, 1946

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1963-64 $1,038 $9,165
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,120. Earned $C 40 per week, playing in the Ontario Hockey Association hockey league.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1964-65 $1,038 $9,047
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,120. Earned $C 40 per week, playing in the Ontario Hockey Association hockey league.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1965-66 $1,039 $8,916
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,120. Earned $C 40 per week, playing in the Ontario Hockey Association hockey league.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1966-67 $1,120 $9,329
Earned $C 40 per week, playing in the Ontario Hockey Association hockey league.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1967-68 $20,500 $166,102
Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $US 8,000, $10,000 and $13,000 and a signing bonus of $7,500 ($39,500 overall according to the book The Rebel League.) His 1967-68 salary was then adjusted to $10,000, which had became the minimum salary in the NHL, and he also earned his signing bonus of $7,500 and $3,000 for winning the Calder trophy ($1,500 from the NHL and $1,500 from the Bruins.)
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line / Inside Hockey 1970-71 / The Sporting News
1968-69 $10,000 $77,717
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1969-70 $34,750 $256,078
In addition to his base salary of $13,000, earned a $1,000 bonus from the NHL and $1,000 from the Bruins as Boston finished second in the standings; $11,000 in team bonuses; and a $8,750 NHL bonus for winning the Stanley Cup. According to Derek Sanderson on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast and the book Crossing the Line, in June 1969, because of his famein Boston, he was asked to join the ownership of a group of 3 celebrities that opened a bar named Bachelors III in Boston. He did not have to invest anything and was given a salary of $30,000 per year, a new Lincoln, plus everything free for himself and his friends at the bar, to promote it. (Has a base salary of $11,667 according to La Presse)
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line / Inside Hockey 1970-71 / Derek Sanderson on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast / The Sporting News
1970-71 $37,500 $261,109
Prior to the season, signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $US 37,500 + bonuses.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1971-72 $37,500 $250,340
Estimated salary based on documented 1970-71 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1972-73 $1,250,000 $8,079,268
Signed a ten-year contract with the Philadelphia Blazers of the World Hockey Association for $2.65M: $50,000 signing bonus; $300,000 in 1972-73 and 1973-74; $200,000 for each of the following 5 years; and $250,000 for each of the final 3 years; $25,000 for each of the 10 years for public relations; and $50,000 per year to his father, for 5 years, as a scout. He was also allow to retired after 5 years and convert his player salary to $100,000 per year as a scout. On January 17, 1973, after he played only 8 games in which he got injured and played poorly, it was announced that he had agreen with a new owner to have his contract bought back for $1M. He then went back to Boston in the NHL. On February 7, 1973, signed a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $200,000. Revenue = $1.250k: $50K signing bonus + $150,000 approximate pro-rated salary in the WHA + $1M buyback + $50,000 approximate pro-rated salary in the NHL.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line / The Sporting News
1973-74 $100,000 $608,784
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1974-75 $140,000 $767,431
Prior to the season, signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers for $140,000.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1975-76 $140,000 $703,122
Estimated salary based on documented 1974-75 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1976-77 $200,000 $949,921
Two-way contract. Played 48 NHL and 8 AHL games, earning most of his NHL salary of $200,000. (Earned $160,000 according to The Sporting News and the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey and $150,000 according to The Hockey News 1978 Yearbook.)
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line / The Sporting News
1977-78 $110,000 $490,563
Before the season started, the Vancouver Canucks bought out his $160,000 contract and he became a free agent. Near the end of the season, after playing without a NHL contract in the minors, signed a NHL contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $185,000 pro-rated for what was left of the season. He played 13 NHL games, earning approximately $30,000 + his contract buyout estimated to be half his $160,000 contract, and retired from pro-hockey after the season.
Source: Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
Career Total: US $2,084,486
(In today's dollars: US $12,646,890)

NHL Rank: 2509
(In today's dollars: 1148)

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