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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$2,988,083 in today's dollars), ranking #3141 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Country of birth: Canada
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1974
  • Round #4
  • Overall Pick: 63
  • 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$)
+/-
(%)
1975-76 $15,728 $78,319
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 $85,952
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 $74,815
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 $64,857
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 $173,436
Contract in Canadian currency: $55,000. As coach of the Draveurs de Trois-Rivieres. Including bonuses.
Source: La Presse
1980-81 $57,000 $185,367
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 $163,890
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: La Presse
1982-83 $54,067 $150,155
Contract in Canadian currency: $66,667. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: La Presse
1983-84 $54,067 $145,481
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 $179,251
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 3-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 $164,133
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1986-87 $64,800 $158,438
Contract in Canadian currency: $90,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1987-88 $220,000 $518,923
As coach of the New York Rangers. Signed a 3-year contract with the Rangers as the best paid coach of the NHL along with Jacques Demers and Mike Keenan.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1988-89 $220,000 $498,562
As coach of the New York Rangers.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1989-90 $126,750 $274,010 394
Contract in Canadian currency: $150,000. As coach of the Quebec Nordiques. Was fired by the Rangers at the end of the 1988-89 season. On April 14, 1989, he signed 3-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.
Source: Kevin Johnston / New York Times
1990-91 $8,570 $17,578 850 -$118,180 -93%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. After the 1989-90 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. 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 $17,179 583 $160 2%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1992-93 $8,270 $15,795 1093 -$460 -5%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1993-94 $7,750 $14,378 644 -$520 -6%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
1994-95 $4,183 $7,563 683 -$3,567 -46%
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. Because of the lockout, his NHL salary was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Book: Michel Bergeron a coeur ouvert
Career Total: US$1,138,803
(In today's dollars: US$2,988,083)

NHL Rank: 3141
(In today's dollars: 2400)

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