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NHL Fortune: $88,877,927

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Jason Spezza’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$88,877,927 (US$101,704,699 in today's dollars), ranking #28 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: June 13, 1983
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 2001
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 2
  • By: Ottawa Senators

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
2002-03 $1,130,000 $1,624,893 330
2003-04 $565,000 $794,428 554 -$565,000 -50%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $1,100,000 $1,456,941 291
2006-07 $4,000,000 $5,132,397 62 $2,900,000 264%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $5,000,000 $6,237,581 53 $1,000,000 25%
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $8,000,000 $9,611,147 5 $3,000,000 60%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $8,000,000 $9,645,194 6
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $8,000,000 $9,489,498 6
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $8,000,000 $9,199,253 10
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $4,682,927 $5,275,865 15 -$3,317,073 -41%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $8,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $5,000,000 $5,551,597 89 $317,073 7%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $4,000,000 $4,370,364 171 -$1,000,000 -20%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $7,500,000 $8,184,752 26 $3,500,000 88%
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $7,500,000 $8,082,788 33
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $7,500,000 $7,914,287 44
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $7,500,000 $7,725,499 40
Source: NHLPA
2019-20 $700,000 $708,214 821 -$6,800,000 -91%
Prior to the season, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $700,000.
Source: NHLPA / The Tennessean
2020-21 $700,000 $700,000 900
On October 5, 2020, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maples Leafs for $700,000.
Source: NBC Sports / NHLPA
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHL played a 56-game season instead of 82. Base salaries were not pro-rated but 10% of $700,000 was deferred and payable in three yearly payments, starting in October 2022, without interests. Escrow for the season was increased to 20% and performance bonuses were pro-rated (amounts and targets to reach).
Career Earnings: US$88,877,927
(In today's dollars: US$101,704,699)

NHL Rank: 28
(In today's dollars: 36)

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