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NHL Fortune: $903,602

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Henri Richard’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$903,602 (US$6,071,464 in today's dollars), ranking #3202 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: February 29, 1936

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1955-56 $12,168 $117,527
Contract in Canadian currency: $12,000. As a rookie, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$7,000 and $ 8,000 in the NHL and CAN$5,000 with the Royaux de Montreal, of the Ligue de Hockey du Quebec senior league. Included a CAN$5,000 signing bonus. He played the whole season with the Canadien, earning his NHL salary.
Source: Copy of contract
1956-57 $8,128 $77,351
Contract in Canadian currency: $8,000. He played the whole season with the Canadien, earning his NHL salary.
Source: Copy of contract
1957-58 $12,516 $115,251
Contract in Canadian currency: $12,000. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$11,000. According to Classic Auctions, he also received a CAN$1,000 bonus for his "good effort."
Source: Copy of contract
1958-59 $15,450 $138,472
Contract in Canadian currency: $15,000. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$15,000 and a bonus of $100 per point over 60, not including the playoffs, which he did not earn.
Source: Copy of contract
1959-60 $18,044 $160,111
Contract in Canadian currency: $17,300. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$16,000 and a bonus of $100 per point over 60, not including the playoffs. He got 73 points, earning a $ 1,300 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1960-61 $21,445 $187,522
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,800. Signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$20,000 and a bonus of $100 per point over 60, not including the playoffs. He got 68 points, earning a $ 800 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1961-62 $19,740 $170,825
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. He got 50 points and did not earn the bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1962-63 $21,996 $188,082
Contract in Canadian currency: $23,500. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$22,000 and a bonus of $100 per point over 60, including the playoffs. He got 75 points, earning a $ 1,500 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1963-64 $22,712 $191,854
Contract in Canadian currency: $24,500. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$23,000 and bonuses: $100 per point over 50, including the playoffs; $ 1,000 if the team finishes 1st in the standing; $750 for second place; $500 for third place; and $ 1,000 if the team wins the first round of the playoffs. He got 55 points, earning a $ 500 bonus and the team finished first overall, earning him a $ 1,000 bonus
Source: Copy of contract
1964-65 $26,002 $216,820
Contract in Canadian currency: $28,050. Signed a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$25,000 and bonuses: $100 per point over 50, including the playoffs; $ 1,000 if the team finishes 1st in the standing; $750 for second place; $500 for third place; and $ 1,000 if the team wins the first round of the playoffs. He got 63 points, earning a $ 1,300 bonus and the team finished second overall and won the first round of the playoffs, earning him a $ 1,750 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1965-66 $26,541 $217,869
Contract in Canadian currency: $28,600. He got 66 points, earning a $ 1,600 bonus and the team finished first overall and won the first round of the playoffs, earning him a $ 2,000 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1966-67 $26,216 $208,969
Contract in Canadian currency: $28,250. He got 65 points, earning a $ 1,500 bonus and the team finished second overall and won the first round of the playoffs, earning him a $ 1,750 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1967-68 $36,153 $280,316
Contract in Canadian currency: $39,000. Signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$35,000 and bonuses: $100 per point over 60, including the playoffs; $ 1,000 if the team finishes 1st in the standing; $ 1,000 if the team wins the first round of the playoffs; $ 1,000 for winning the second round; $ 1,000 for winning the Stanley Cup; and $ 1,000 if he is named on the 1st of 2nd NHL All Star Team. The team finished first overall and won the Stanley Cup, earning him a $ 4,000 bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1968-69 $36,656 $272,612
Contract in Canadian currency: $39,500. Per a letter dated October 16, 1968 from Sam Pollock, the Montreal Canadiens' General Manager, the two-year contract signed in 1967-68 was amended for a salary of CAN$37,500 plus bonuses: CAN$2,5000 if he got 57 points or more; CAN$1,000 for +10 or better; an additional CAN$1,000 for +20 or better; CAN$1,5000 if he was selected on the 3rd All-Star Team, CAN$3,000 for the 2nd, and CAN$5,000 for the 1st. Earned his base salary and a bonus of CAN$2,000 for finishing with +24.
Source: Book: Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines
1969-70 $44,592 $314,454
Contract in Canadian currency: $48,000. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$48,000 and bonuses: $100 per point over 60, including the playoffs; $ 2,000 if the team finishes 1st in the standing; $ 1,000 if the team finishes 2nd; and $ 1,000 if the team is the lowest scored against team in the league. He did not earn any bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1970-71 $57,576 $383,631
Contract in Canadian currency: $60,100. Signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$60,000 and bonuses: $100 per point over 60, including the playoffs; $ 5,000 if the team finishes 1st in the standing; $ 2,500 if the team finishes 2nd; $ 2,000 if the team is the lowest scored against team in the league; $ 1,000 if he scored 25 goals, including playoffs; $ 1,000 if he is +20 or better; another $ 1,000 if he is +30 or better. Earned a $ 100 bonus for gettint 61 points.
Source: Copy of contract
1971-72 $74,250 $474,327
Contract in Canadian currency: $75,000. Signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$75,000 and bonuses: $100 per point over 60, including the playoffs; $ 5,000 if the team finishes 1st in the standing; $ 2,500 if the team finishes 2nd; $ 2,000 if the team is the lowest scored against team in the league; $ 1,000 if he scored 25 goals, including playoffs; $ 1,000 if he is +20 or better; another $ 1,000 if he is +30 or better. Did not earn any bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1972-73 $102,918 $636,556
Contract in Canadian currency: $102,000. Earned a $ 1,000 bonus for being +33, $ 5,000 for team finishing first, and $ 2,000 for lowest team GAA. Like all players on the roster, got a CAN$19,000 (CAN$115,000 in today's dollars) bonus for winning the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens.
Source: Copy of contract / Book: Robinson for Defense
1973-74 $65,000 $378,669
Contract in Canadian currency: $65,000. Signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$65,000, CAN$90,000 and CAN$110,000 wit a retirement lump sum of CAN$160,000 for services rendered.
Source: Copy of contract
1974-75 $255,500 $1,340,248
Contract in Canadian currency: $250,000. He retired after the season, receiving his retirement lump sum.
Source: Copy of contract
Career Earnings: US$903,602
(In today's dollars: US$6,071,464)

NHL Rank: 3202
(In today's dollars: 1606)

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