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NHL Fortune: $55,604,558

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John LeClair’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $55,604,558 (US $85,572,030 in today's dollars), ranking #139 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: USA
Position: LW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1987
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 33
  • By: Montreal Canadiens

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1991-92 $148,410 $294,553 503
Contract in Canadian currency: $170,000.
1992-93 $186,075 $358,438 561 $37,665 25%
Contract in Canadian currency: $225,000. Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $174,375 $326,274 599 -$11,700 -6%
Contract in Canadian currency: $225,000.
1994-95 $394,286 $719,035 188 $219,911 126%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $690,000 was prorated for the 48-game season. Made $650,000 according to Le Guide Officiel des Pools de Hockey 1995-96.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $1,526,140 $2,707,151 81 $1,131,854 287%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $1,254,174 $2,161,321 135 -$271,966 -18%
Source: La Presse / Guide Hockey RDS
1997-98 $3,022,000 $5,088,753 33 $1,767,826 141%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $3,644,975 $6,044,026 35 $622,975 21%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $3,969,123 $6,440,473 39 $324,148 9%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $7,000,000 $10,987,805 14 $3,030,877 76%
Was awarded a salary of $7M in arbitration. Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: The Hockey News / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
2001-02 $9,000,000 $13,738,634 9 $2,000,000 29%
2002-03 $9,000,000 $13,524,016 12
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $9,000,000 $13,224,070 10
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $4,380,000 $6,062,338 34 -$4,620,000 -51%
Prior to the season, after the new CBA was signed and teams had a 10-day window for contract buyouts, the Philadelphia Flyers bought out the last year of his contract for two-third of its remaining value of $6.84M (after the league-wide 24% salary rollback), to be paid over two years. On August 15, 2005, as a free agent, signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $3.6M ($2.1M + $1.5M). Earned his $2.1M salary with the Penguins plus his $2.28M buyout.
Source: UPI / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / La Presse
2006-07 $2,905,000 $3,895,141 128 -$1,475,000 -34%
On December 14, 2006, LeClair and the Penguins mutually agreed to relese his contract without pay for the rest of the season. Under a provision of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement called "unconditional waivers," teams were allowed to offer the rights to a player who had breached his contract -- in LeClair's case, by declining the assignment to Wilkes-Barre -- to other teams for a fee of $125, then terminate that contract if he goes unclaimed. Earned an approximate pro rated salary of $625,000 plus his $2.28M buyout. Never played pro hockey again.
Source: UPI / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Career Total: US $55,604,558
(In today's dollars: US $85,572,030)

NHL Rank: 139
(In today's dollars: 84)

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