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NHL Fortune: $10,202,619

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Bryan Trottier’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$10,202,619 (US$25,838,631 in today's dollars), ranking #1092 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: July 17, 1956
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1974
  • Round #2
  • Overall Pick: 22
  • By: New York Islanders

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1974-75 $0 $0
In May 1974, after being picked 18th overall in the 1974 WHA draft, he rejected a $500,000 for 10 years contract offer from the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA to see what bargaining power he'd have after the upcoming NHL draft. He ended up playing one last year in junior.
Source: Bryan Trottier on Spittin' Chiclets podcast.
1975-76 $585,000 $2,938,043
Prior to the season, signed a five-year contract with the New York Islanders that included a $500,000 signing bonus. Earned salary of $85,000 + $500,000 bonus. This was his first season in the NHL.
Source: Calgary Herald / The New York Times / Bryan Trottier on Spittin' Chiclets podcast
1976-77 $86,190 $409,368
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1975-76 and 1977-78.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1977-78 $90,000 $401,369
Source: Globe and Mail
1978-79 $90,000 $372,942
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78 and 1979-80.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $335,000 $1,247,596
On October 16, 1979, signed a five-year plus one-year option contract, with the New York Islanders, worth in excess of $2M, including bonuses.
Source: The New York Times
1980-81 $335,000 $1,098,780
Source: The New York Times
1981-82 $335,000 $995,936
Source: The New York Times
1982-83 $335,000 $938,347
Source: The New York Times
1983-84 $720,000 $1,953,976
Was the earn $335,000 per the contract signed in 1979 but during the summer preceeding the season, signed a new nine-year contract with the New York Islanders worth $6.62M including a $170,000 bonus (called retroactive pay for 1982-83), unknown salary breakdown from 1983-84 to 1989-90, $900,000 in 1990-91, $1M in 1992-92, and $1.315M to be paid in yearly installments for 10 years starting in 1992-93. Also got a $500,000 loan from the team and a clause allowing the Islanders to buyout his contract for 2/3 of it remaining value, anytime. In 1983-84, he ended up earning his salary estimated at $550,000 plus the $170,000 bonus.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / The New York Times
1984-85 $575,000 $1,496,173
Estimated salary based on documented contract signed in 1983-84.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1985-86 $600,000 $1,507,669
Estimated salary based on documented contract signed in 1983-84.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1986-87 $625,000 $1,541,260
Source: Sport Magazine
1987-88 $700,000 $1,665,288
Estimated salary based on documented contract signed in 1983-84.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1988-89 $700,000 $1,599,949
Source: The Hockey News
1989-90 $800,000 $1,744,293 5
Estimated salary based on documented contract signed in 1983-84. (Earned $575,000 according to the Canadian Press). After the season, on July 1, 1990, the New York Islanders bought out the remaining 2 years of the contract which was worth $3.215M ($900,000 in 1990-91, $1M in 1991-92 and $1.315M defered over 10 years starting in 1992-93). Per the clause in his contract signed in 1983, he was to get $2,121,900 (2/3 of what was owed to him). But in 1988, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement had been signed, stating that buyouts were payable over twice the length of the remaining years at a rate of $50,000 per year. He technically had 12 years remaining on his contract so the buyout was $50,000 per year for 24 years (2013-14) for a total of $1.2M.
Source: HockeyZonePlus / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1990-91 $720,000 $1,489,484 13 -$80,000 -10%
On July 19, 1990, signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $400,000. Bonuses included, in $: $ 25,000 if he scored 25 games during the regular season with $ 1,000 per goal above 25; $ 25,000 if he got 50 assists during the regular season with $ 500 per assist above 50; $ 7,500 if the team finishes 1st overall in the league; $ 5,000 if the team finishes 1st in the division but not first in the league; $ 4,000 if the team finishes second in its division; $ 2,500 if the team finishes 3rd or 4th in its division; $ 2,500 if the team wins the 1st round of the playoffs; an additiona $5,000 if the team wins the second round of the playoffs; an additional $ 7,500 if the team wins the 3rd round of the playoffs; an additional $10,000 if the team wins the Stanley Cup. He personally negotiated with the General Manager a clause where he'd get half the bonus that Mario Lemieux would get if the Stanley Cup, superceding the $10,000 bonus indicated in his contract. He did not earn any personal bonuses (goals/passes) but the Penguins finished first in the division and won the Stanley Cup, triggering $ 20,000 in team performance bonuses and a $250,000 bonus for winning the Cup. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Copy of contract / The Hockey News / Canadian Press / Los Angeles Times / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / Bryan Trottier on Spittin' Chiclets podcast.
1991-92 $450,000 $893,127 75 -$270,000 -38%
On August 20, 1991, signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins for $400,000. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout. He retired from pro-hockey after the season.
Source: Los Angeles Times / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1992-93 $50,000 $96,316 1083 -$400,000 -89%
Worked in the front-office of the New York Islanders. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: HockeyZonePlus / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1993-94 $400,000 $748,442 268 $350,000 700%
Made a comeback as a player with the Pittsburgh Penguins but finally retired for good, as a pro-hockey player, after half a season. Was Assistant Coach of the Penguins for the other half, earning $300,000 per year. During the season, earned an estimated $200,000 pro-rated salary as a player based on documented 1991-92 salary + $150,000 as Assistant-Coact ($300,000 pro-rated for half a season) + $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: HockeyZonePlus / Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1994-95 $221,429 $403,806 384 -$178,571 -45%
Because of the lockout, his NHL salary of $387,500 was prorated for the 48-game season. Had a $300,000 salary as Assistant-Coach of the Pittsbugh Penguins. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout. In October 1994, he filed for Chapter 7 protection under the U.S. bankruptcy code, listing assets of $141,629 and debts of $9.5M.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / Greensboro News & Record
1995-96 $350,000 $620,849 493 $128,571 58%
Had a $300,000 salary as Assistant-Coach of the Pittsbugh Penguins. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1996-97 $350,000 $603,156 675
Had a $300,000 salary as Assistant-Coach of the Pittsbugh Penguins. Also earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1997-98 $50,000 $84,195 698 -$300,000 -86%
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1998-99 $50,000 $82,909 783
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
1999-00 $50,000 $81,132 774
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2000-01 $50,000 $78,484 762
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2001-02 $50,000 $76,326 756
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2002-03 $50,000 $75,133 737
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2003-04 $50,000 $73,467 720
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2004-05 NHL lockout year: Season cancelled - no NHL salary paid.
2004-05 $50,000 $71,553 10
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2005-06 $50,000 $69,205 745
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2006-07 $50,000 $67,042 737
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2007-08 $50,000 $65,183 736
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2008-09 $50,000 $62,773 744
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2009-10 $50,000 $62,995 728
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
2010-11 $50,000 $61,978 816
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout. Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold dozens of items for over $60,000 including two Stanley Cup rings worth $20,000 each.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders / The Globe and Mail
2011-12 $50,000 $60,083 868
Earned $50,000 from his 1990 contract buyout.
Source: Book: Fish Sticks - The Fall and Rise of the New York Islanders
Career Total: US$10,202,619
(In today's dollars: US$25,838,631)

NHL Rank: 1092
(In today's dollars: 678)

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