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NHL Fortune: $3,206,890

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Rick Vaive’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $3,206,890 (US $8,386,875 in today's dollars), ranking #2157 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: May 14, 1959
Country of birth: Canada
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1979
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 5
  • By: Vancouver Canucks

Did you know that Gary Bettman has accumulated the largest NHL fortune with $167M?

Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
1978-79 $120,000 $538,464
As a rookie, signed a one-year contract with the Birmingham Bulls of the WHA for a salary of $30,000 and a $20,000 signing bonus. (According to the Sporting News and the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey, the contract was for $60,000.) During the season, signed a four-year extension for $650,000 but it was voided after the season when the WHA folded and he got $70,000 as a settlement. Became available in the NHL entry draft. Earning his salary, signing bonus, and settlement.
Source: Book: Catch 22 - My Battles, in Hockey and in Life / Book: Les Stastny / Book: The Rebel League
1979-80 $113,866 $459,199
Contract in Canadian currency: $133,333. Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract, plus one option year with the Vancouver Canucks for $300,000 plus a $100,000 signing bonus spread over the three years of the contract. (Earned $60,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1980-81 $114,000 $404,899
Contract in Canadian currency: $133,333. (Earned $60,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1981-82 $111,200 $357,987
Contract in Canadian currency: $133,333. (Earned $65,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1982-83 $56,770 $172,193
Contract in Canadian currency: $70,000. (Earned $65,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1983-84 $145,980 $428,999
Contract in Canadian currency: $180,000. Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $180,000, $200,000 and $225,000. Also had a $5,000 endorsement deal with Daoust. (Earned $160,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1984-85 $154,400 $435,049
Contract in Canadian currency: $200,000. (According to The Sporting News, prior to the season, signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $C 350,000 per season. Earned $160,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1985-86 $164,700 $448,152
Contract in Canadian currency: $225,000. (Earned $280,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1986-87 $208,800 $557,575
Contract in Canadian currency: $290,000.
Source: Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast
1987-88 $300,000 $772,839
(Earned $375,000 according to The Sporing News.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life / Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast
1988-89 $325,000 $804,393
Prior to the season, signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for $325,000, $325,000 and $350,000. (Earned $350,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1989-90 $325,000 $767,343 47
(Earned $350,000 according to Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast.)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life / Canadian Press
1990-91 $350,000 $784,058 53
One-way contract (Earned $325,000 according to the Canadian Press)
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life / The Hockey News / Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast
1991-92 $350,000 $752,221 121
Played 20 NHL and 12 AHL games, playing in the minors for the first time in his career. After the season, the Buffalo Sabres bought out the last year remaining on his contract for two-thirds of his 1992-93 salary ($350,000) to be paid over two years. Never played again in the NHL after the season, playing in the AHL in 1992-93 and in the Ontario Hockey Association Senior A league in 1993-94.
Source: Rick Vaive on Cam & Strick podcast
1992-93 $116,667 $243,361 999
Played for the Hamilton Canucks, in the AHL, earning an unknown salary plus his 1991-92 buyout of $116,667.
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
1993-94 $116,667 $236,387 641
Coached the South Carolina Stingrays, in the ECHL, earning an unknown salary plus his 1991-92 buyout of $116,667.
Source: Book: Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and in Life
2000-01 $53,840 $91,515 773
Contract in Canadian currency: $80,000. Prior to the season, signed a two-year contract as coach of the Mississauga IceDogs, of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, for $80,000 per season. Was fired after the season.
Source: Book: Straight Up and Personal / Book: Don Cherry's Hockey Stories
2001-02 $80,000 $132,241 762
Was paid with his guaranteed contract.
Source: Book: Straight Up and Personal / Book: Don Cherry's Hockey Stories
Career Total: US $3,206,890
(In today's dollars: US $8,386,875)

NHL Rank: 2157
(In today's dollars: 1597)