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NHL Fortune: $110,222,561

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Joe Thornton’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $110,222,561 (US $137,258,427 in today's dollars), ranking #12 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1997
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 1
  • By: Boston Bruins

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1997-98 $925,000 $1,557,610 231
Includes base salary, signing bonus and bonuses paid in 1997-98.
Source: The Hockey News
1998-99 $925,000 $1,533,817 271
Includes base salary, signing bonus, bonuses paid in 1998-99, and deferred income paid in 1998-99.
Source: The Hockey News
1999-00 $925,000 $1,500,945 306
Includes base salary, signing/reporting bonus, and deferred income paid in 1999-2000.
Source: The Hockey News / The Sports Forecaster
2000-01 $1,550,000 $2,433,014 197 $625,000 68%
Includes base salary, bonuses paid in 2000-01, and deferred income paid in 2000-01.
Source: The Hockey News
2001-02 $1,825,000 $2,785,890 193 $275,000 18%
2002-03 $2,175,000 $3,268,304 183 $350,000 19%
Does not include signing bonuses, performance bonuses and deferred payments.
Source: La Presse
2003-04 $5,500,000 $8,081,376 40 $3,325,000 153%
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2005-06 $6,660,000 $9,218,076 12 $1,160,000 21%
Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins for $20M.
Source: La Presse / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
2006-07 $6,670,000 $8,943,405 15 $10,000 0%
Source: NHLPA
2007-08 $6,670,000 $8,695,384 23
Source: NHLPA
2008-09 $7,200,000 $9,039,294 21 $530,000 8%
Source: NHLPA
2009-10 $7,200,000 $9,071,315 20
Source: NHLPA
2010-11 $7,200,000 $8,924,883 23
Source: NHLPA
2011-12 $8,000,000 $9,613,230 10 $800,000 11%
Source: NHLPA
2012-13 $4,097,561 $4,824,124 26 -$3,902,439 -49%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $7,000,000 was prorated for the 48-game season.
Source: NHLPA
2013-14 $6,000,000 $6,961,710 52 $1,902,439 46%
Source: NHLPA
2014-15 $6,750,000 $7,706,873 44 $750,000 13%
Source: NHLPA
2015-16 $6,750,000 $7,697,768 54
Source: NHLPA
2016-17 $6,750,000 $7,601,871 59
Source: NHLPA
2017-18 $8,000,000 $8,821,802 30 $1,250,000 19%
Source: NHLPA
2018-19 $5,000,000 $5,382,103 178 -$3,000,000 -38%
Prior to the season, signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks for $5M.
Source: NHLPA / Book: CUJO - The Untold Story of My Life On and Off the Ice
2019-20 $2,000,000 $2,114,527 428 -$3,000,000 -60%
Source: NHLPA
2020-21 $700,000 $731,105 906 -$1,300,000 -65%
As a free agent, on October 16, 2020, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $700,000.
Source: Pierre LeBrun
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).
2021-22 $750,000 $750,000 875 $50,000 7%
On August 13, 2021, as a free agent, signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers for $750,000.
Source: NBC Sports / NHLPA
Career Total: US $110,222,561
(In today's dollars: US $137,258,427)

NHL Rank: 12
(In today's dollars: 10)

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