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NHL Fortune: $66,532,448

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Steve Yzerman’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $66,532,448 (US $110,628,092 in today's dollars), ranking #88 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: May 9, 1965
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1983
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 4
  • 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$)
+/-
(%)
1983-84 $85,000 $230,678
Estimated salary based on documented salary for 1984-85. His first season in the NHL.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1984-85 $85,000 $221,173
Source: Book: The Road to Hockeytown
1985-86 $428,571 $1,076,906
Prior to the season, signed a seven-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for $3M.
Source: Book: Breakaway / The Washington Post
1986-87 $428,571 $1,056,863
Source: Book: Breakaway / The Washington Post
1987-88 $478,571 $1,138,512
In addition to his base salary of $428,571, he received a $50,000 bonus from the Red Wings for scoring 50 goals
Source: Book: Breakaway / The Washington Post / Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey
1988-89 $428,571 $979,560
Source: Book: Breakaway / The Washington Post
1989-90 $700,000 $1,526,256 6
According to the UPI, prior to the season he signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings for an approximate average of $2M per season.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $1,300,000 $2,689,346 5 $600,000 86%
One-way contract.
Source: The Hockey News / Canadian Press
1991-92 $1,400,000 $2,778,618 5 $100,000 8%
1992-93 $1,500,000 $2,889,467 10 $100,000 7%
Amount includes salary and any signing bonus paid in 1992-93.
Source: The Hockey News / La Presse
1993-94 $2,700,000 $5,051,987 4 $1,200,000 80%
Includes base salary and any signing bonus and deferred payments allocated to the 1993-94 season.
Source: The Hockey News
1994-95 $1,823,126 $3,324,726 11 -$876,874 -32%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $3,190,470 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: Guide Hockey 1995-1996
1995-96 $3,703,803 $6,570,009 11 $1,880,677 103%
Source: La Presse
1996-97 $4,492,349 $7,741,676 6 $788,546 21%
Source: Guide Hockey RDS (He made $4,025,000 according to La Presse)
1997-98 $5,079,063 $8,552,646 8 $586,714 13%
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $4,800,000 $7,959,266 16 -$279,063 -5%
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $6,000,000 $9,735,863 13 $1,200,000 25%
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000. (Earned $4.975M according to The Hockey News 1999-2000 Ultimate Pool Guide)
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $8,000,000 $12,557,491 6 $2,000,000 33%
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: The Hockey News / The Hockey News Ultimate Fantasy Guide 2000-01
2001-02 $7,500,000 $11,448,862 18 -$500,000 -6%
2002-03 $8,500,000 $12,772,682 15 $1,000,000 13%
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $5,849,823 $8,595,386 38 -$2,650,177 -31%
Source: Book: The Road to Hockeytown
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $1,250,000 $1,730,119 260 -$4,599,823 -79%
Source: La Presse
Career Total: US $66,532,448
(In today's dollars: US $110,628,092)

NHL Rank: 88
(In today's dollars: 36)

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