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NHL Fortune: $121,000


Leonard Red Kelly’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $121,000 (US $886,806 in today's dollars), ranking #5100 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: July 9, 1927
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
In today's
1949-50 $6,500 $73,790
Source: Book: The Red Kelly Story
1950-51 $8,500 $95,453
Earned the minimum NHL salary of $6,500 plus a $1,000 bonus for making the NHL First All Star Team and another $1,000 for winning the Lady Bing Trophy.
Source: Book: The Red Kelly Story
1953-54 $6,000 $60,605
With an unknow base salary, got $6,000 in bonuses for winning the Stanley Cup and the James Norris and Lady Bing trophies
Source: Book: The Red Kelly Story
1971-72 $50,000 $333,786
Prior to the season, signed a five-year contract as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins for $50,000 per year.
Source: Book: The Red Kelly Story
1972-73 $50,000 $323,171
As coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins - was fired after 43 games. The Penguins initially refused to honor the 4+ years left on his contract but eventually agreed to pay him until he found a new job, which he did (coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs starting in 1973-74.)
Source: Book: The Red Kelly Story
Career Total: US $121,000
(In today's dollars: US $886,806)

NHL Rank: 5100
(In today's dollars: 3844)

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