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NHL Fortune: $1,138,803

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Michel Bergeron’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $1,138,803 (US $3,013,727 in today's dollars), ranking #3163 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: June 12, 1946
Country of birth: Canada

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1975-76 $15,728 $78,991
Contract in Canadian currency: $16,000. As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Signed a 2-year contract with the Draveurs, of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League: CAN$16,000 for the first season and CAN$18,000 for the second season plus the cost of moving from Montreal to Trois-Rivieres.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1976-77 $18,252 $86,690
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000. As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1977-78 $16,920 $75,457
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000. As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1976-77 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1978-79 $15,786 $65,414
Contract in Canadian currency: $18,000. As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Estimated minimum salary based on documented 1976-77 salary.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $46,970 $174,924
Contract in Canadian currency: $55,000. As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Including bonuses.
Source: La Presse
1980-81 $57,000 $186,958
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. Signed a 3-year contract without a specific role in the organization. Ended up being assistant coach and became head coach 6 games into the season. La Presses estimated that the offer had to be for at least CAN$200,000 overall for the 3 seasons.
Source: La Presse
1981-82 $55,600 $165,296
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: La Presse
1982-83 $54,067 $151,443
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: La Presse
1983-84 $54,067 $146,730
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. Estimated minimum salary based on previous seasons.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1984-85 $69,480 $180,790
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. During the 1983-84, as a vote of confidence during a rough patch, signed a three-year contract with the Quebec Nordiques for CAN$90,000/season starting in 1984-85.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1985-86 $65,880 $165,542
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1986-87 $64,800 $159,798
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1987-88 $220,000 $523,376
As coach of the New York Rangers. Signed a three-year contract with the New York Rangers for $220,000 per season, becoming the best paid coach of the NHL along with Jacques Demers and Mike Keenan. (According to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, it was a five-year contract worth $1M)
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1988-89 $220,000 $502,841
As coach of the New York Rangers. Was fired at the end of the season
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1989-90 $126,750 $276,361 398
Contract in Canadian currency: $150,000. On April 14, 1989, he signed three-year deal as coach of the Quebec Nordiques, in the NHL, for CAN $150,000 (with additional incentives that could reach CAN $50,000) per year. The New York Rangers, who would have been obligated to pay his salary of about $225,000 for the final year of his contract, were released from that requirement. After the season, the Quebec Nordiques hired a new General Manager who wanted a different coach. There were 5 years left to his contract and he was offered other jobs with the organization. He elected to go work in the media in Montreal and to get out of his contract, he settled for CAN$50,000 over 5 years with the team.
Source: Kevin Johnston / New York Times
1990-91 $8,570 $17,729 852 -$118,180 -93%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned his $10,000 settlement with the Quebec Nordiques from the 1989-90 season. According to La Presse, he signed a 3-year deal with TV station TVA and radio station CKAC for over CAN$250,000 per year. He has worked in the media, in various capacities, ever since.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1991-92 $8,730 $17,327 627 $160 2%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned his $10,000 settlement with the Quebec Nordiques from the 1989-90 season.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1992-93 $8,270 $15,931 1097 -$460 -5%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned his $10,000 settlement with the Quebec Nordiques from the 1989-90 season.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1993-94 $7,750 $14,501 656 -$520 -6%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Earned his $10,000 settlement with the Quebec Nordiques from the 1989-90 season.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1994-95 $4,183 $7,628 692 -$3,567 -46%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Because of the lockout, his NHL salary was prorated for the 48-game season. Earned his $10,000 settlement with the Quebec Nordiques from the 1989-90 season.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
Career Total: US $1,138,803
(In today's dollars: US $3,013,727)

NHL Rank: 3163
(In today's dollars: 2425)

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