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NHL Fortune: $4,431,181

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Guy Lafleur’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $4,431,181 (US $14,604,308 in today's dollars), ranking #1743 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: September 20, 1951
Country of birth: Canada
Position: RW
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1971
  • Round #1
  • Overall Pick: 1
  • By: Montreal Canadiens

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1966-67 $18,560 $154,600
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Jr. Aces
Source: Maclean's
1967-68 $18,540 $150,221
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Jr. Aces
Source: Maclean's
1968-69 $18,560 $144,243
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Jr. Aces
Source: Maclean's
1969-70 $18,580 $136,919
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Remparts
Source: Maclean's
1970-71 $19,160 $133,409
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Remparts
Source: Maclean's / The Sporting News
1971-72 $79,200 $528,717
Contract in Canadian currency: $80,000. Prior to the season, signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for a base salary of $25,000 and a CAN$55,000 signing bonus. His first season in the NHL.
Source: Book: Guy Lafleur - L'ombre et la lumiere / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1972-73 $44,396 $286,950
Contract in Canadian currency: $44,000. In addition to his base salary of $25,000, like all players on the roster, got a CAN$19,000 bonus for winning the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens.
Source: Book: Guy Lafleur - L'ombre et la lumiere / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens / Book: Robinson for Defense
1973-74 $85,000 $517,466
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000. In February 1973, the Montreal Canadiens offered a three-year contract at $90,000 per year plus a $50,000 signing bonus. In March, the Quebec Nordiques, in the World Hockey Association, offered a three-year contract at $125,000 per year plus a $60,000 signing bonus. In late April 1973, he finally signed a ten-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for a CAN$1M, starting at $85,000 per season and gradually going up for a $100,000 per year, renegotiable after three and six years. Shortly thereafter, Lafleur considered but did not pursue trying to get the contract canceled after it was brought to his attention that his agent had not told him about the Quebec Nordiques offering $1M over 5 years in the WHA.
Source: Maclean's / Book: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere / Le Soleil / Book: 99 Stories of the Game
1974-75 $86,870 $476,191
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000.
Source: Maclean's
1975-76 $83,555 $419,638
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000.
Source: Maclean's
1976-77 $167,310 $794,656
Contract in Canadian currency: $165,000. Renegotiated his contract for a reported CAN$165,000 per season. Also received $27,500 (about $123,000 in today's dollars) from the NHL for winning the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Trophy, and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Source: Le Soleil
1977-78 $169,200 $754,574
Contract in Canadian currency: $180,000. Had CAN$60,000 of revenues from sponsorship deals.
Source: Globe and Mail / Book: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere / The Hockey News 1979 Yearbook
1978-79 $285,025 $1,181,086
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000. After threatening to strike, he renegotiated his salary to CAN$325,000 per season. Also Had CAN$100,000 of revenues from sponsorship deals with Yoplait, GM and Koho. (Earned $300,000 according to the book 50 ans parmi les g?ants.)
Source: Book: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1979-80 $277,550 $1,033,642
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1980-81 $277,875 $911,414
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1981-82 $271,050 $805,816
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1982-83 $385,225 $1,079,029
Contract in Canadian currency: $475,000. On September 12, 1982, signed a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for $475,000 per season. (Earned $375,000 according to the book Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere and The Hockey News)
Source: La Tribute / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1983-84 $385,225 $1,045,445
Contract in Canadian currency: $475,000. (Earned $375,000 according to the book Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere. Earned CAN$500,000 according to Serve Savard, who was General Manager at the time, at 98.5FM Montreal.)
Source: La Tribute / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1984-85 $366,700 $954,168
Contract in Canadian currency: $475,000. Unhappy, he retired during the season. (Earned $375,000 according to the book Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere)
Source: La Tribute / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens
1985-86 $292,800 $735,743
Contract in Canadian currency: $400,000. Retired - Did not play. Still earned $400,000, the salary on the last year of his contract, paid for his past services with the team although he wasn't playing anymore.
Source: Book: 50 ans parmis les g?ants
1986-87 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Retired - Did not play.
1987-88 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Retired - Did not play.
1988-89 $400,000 $914,257
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1989-90 $338,000 $736,964 37
Contract in Canadian currency: $400,000. Got $100,000 from a sponsorship with Hairfax International, a hair transplant clinic.
Source: Canadian Press
1990-91 $342,800 $709,160 63 $4,800 1%
Contract in Canadian currency: $400,000. One-way contract. Retired from pro-hockey after the season.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere / The Hockey News / Canadian Press
Career Total: US $4,431,181
(In today's dollars: US $14,604,308)

NHL Rank: 1743
(In today's dollars: 1042)

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