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NHL Fortune: $3,760,110

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Guy Lafleur’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US$3,760,110 (US$12,663,771 in today's dollars), ranking #1864 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

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 $153,284
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Jr. Aces
Source: Maclean's
1967-68 $18,540 $148,942
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Jr. Aces
Source: Maclean's
1968-69 $18,560 $143,016
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Jr. Aces
Source: Maclean's
1969-70 $18,580 $135,754
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Remparts
Source: Maclean's
1970-71 $19,160 $132,274
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. For the Quebec Remparts
Source: Maclean's
1971-72 $79,200 $524,218
Contract in Canadian currency: $80,000. In addition to his base salary of $25,000, got CAN$55,000 signing bonus from Montreal. His first season in the NHL.
Source: Book: Guy Lafleur - L'ombre et la lumiere
1972-73 $25,225 $161,652
Contract in Canadian currency: $25,000. 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: Books: Guy Lafleur - L'ombre et la lumiere; Robinson for Defense
1973-74 $85,000 $513,063
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000. Signed a CAN$1M for 10 year contract with Montreal, starting at $85,000 per season and gradually going up for a $100,000 per year average overall, renegotiable after 3 and 6 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
1974-75 $86,870 $472,139
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000.
Source: Maclean's
1975-76 $83,555 $416,067
Contract in Canadian currency: $85,000.
Source: Maclean's
1976-77 $167,310 $787,895
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 $748,154
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 $1,171,036
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000. After threatening to strike, he renegotiated his salary to CAN$325,000 per season. Had CAN$100,000 of revenues from sponsorship deals with Yoplait, GM and Koho.
Source: Book: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1979-80 $277,550 $1,024,847
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1980-81 $277,875 $903,659
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1981-82 $271,050 $798,960
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1982-83 $263,575 $732,001
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000. According to The Hockey News, he earned CAN$375,000, instead of CAN$325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1983-84 $263,575 $709,218
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000. Made CAN$500,000 according to Serve Savard, who was General Manager at the time, at 98.5FM Montreal.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1984-85 $250,900 $647,297
Contract in Canadian currency: $325,000.
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1985-86 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. Retired - Did not play.
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 $906,477
Source: Guy Lafleur: L'ombre et la lumiere
1989-90 $338,000 $730,693 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 $703,126 62 $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$3,760,110
(In today's dollars: US$12,663,771)

NHL Rank: 1864
(In today's dollars: 1122)

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