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NHL Fortune: $53,716,960

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Mario Lemieux’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$53,716,960 (US$89,356,110 in today's dollars), ranking #135 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1984-85 $450,000 $1,120,495
As a rookie with Pittsburgh, signed a 2-year contract for $600,000 plus a one-year option and a $150,000 bonus.
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1985-86 $300,000 $721,372
Source: The Hockey News 1985 Yearbook
1986-87 $550,000 $1,297,902
Source: Sport Magazine
1987-88 $550,000 $1,252,095
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1986-87 and 1989-90.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $550,000 $1,202,968
Estimated minimum salary based on documented salaries for 1986-87 and 1989-90.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1989-90 $2,000,000 $4,172,945 1
Does not include unspecified deferred payments.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $2,000,000 $3,959,284 2
One-way contract. (Made $2,177,000 according to the Canadian Press)
Source: The Hockey News
1991-92 $2,338,000 $4,440,466 2 $338,000 17%
1992-93 $3,600,000 $6,636,089 1 $1,262,000 54%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News
1993-94 $3,000,000 $5,371,591 3 -$600,000 -17%
1994-95 $2,326,531 $4,060,049 5 -$673,469 -22%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $4,071,429 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $4,571,429 $7,759,849 4 $2,244,898 96%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $11,321,000 $18,669,365 1 $6,749,571 148%
Scheduled to make $15M, including bonuses.
Source: La Presse / Maclean's
1997-98 $0 $0 695 -$11,321,000 -100%
Did not play.
1998-99 $0 $0 781
Did not play.
1999-00 $0 $0 773
Did not play. In September 1999, he acquired about 35% of the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins for $5M cash and the $20M he was owed in deferred money. The investment was worth hundreds of millions twenty years later.
Source: Sports Illustrated / The Hockey News
2000-01 $1,410,000 $2,117,948 221 $1,410,000 141000000000000000%
Came out of retirement. As he was now a team owner and technically not a member of the NHL Players Association, it was agreed in negotiations with the players association that he would be paid the league's average salary of $1.41M.
Source: ABC News
2001-02 $5,250,000 $7,669,086 36 $3,840,000 272%
2002-03 $5,250,000 $7,549,283 41
2003-04 $5,250,000 $7,381,849 45
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $3,000,000 $3,973,475 80
Retired from pro-hockey after the season.
Total:
US$53,716,960

In today's dollars:
US$89,356,110
NHL Rank:
135

In today's dollars:
56

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