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Hockey Fortune: $1,537,518

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Gerry Cheevers’s net worth / earnings / salary history: Earned US $1,537,518 (US $8,725,767 in today's dollars), ranking #3131 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: September 2, 1940
Country of birth: Canada
Position: G
Salary History - Gerry Cheevers
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Earnings
(US$)
In today's
US$
Rank
1961-62 $5,518 $55,922
Amount in Canadian currency: $5,591.
After his junior career, signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for $5,000 and $5,500 in the NHL plus a signing bonus of $3,000. He played 2 NHL, 24 AHL, and 29 Eastern Professional Hockey League games in 1961-62, earning $2,591 in salary (assiming that his minor league salary was half his NHL salary) plus his $3,000 bonus. He then played in the minors until 1965-66.(According to the Hockey News, it was a two-year contract for a NHL salary of $6,000 and $6,500)
Source(s): Book: Hockey Towns
1971-72 $45,000 $336,639
Source(s): Book: Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines
1972-73 $202,000 $1,463,075
Signed a seven-year contract with the New England Whalers (then sold to Cleveland Crusaders), of the World Hockey Association, for $200,000 per season. Also earned $2,000 for winning the best WHA goaltending team for the season. (According to the book The NHL's Mistake by the Lake, it was a five-year contract at $200,000 per season plus performance bonuses, a $10,000 interest-free loan and a free car rental each year; It was a seven-year contract for $1.2M according to the book Rebel League; a six-year contract for $1M according to the book Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines.)
Source(s): The Sporting News / Book: Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line
1973-74 $200,000 $1,364,414
With Cleveland of the WHA
Source(s): Book: The NHL's Mistake by the Lake
1974-75 $200,000 $1,228,554
With Cleveland of the WHA
Source(s): Book: The NHL's Mistake by the Lake
1975-76 $175,000 $984,903
In early January 1976, after playing 28 games with the Cleveland Cruisaders in the WHA, as the team was unable to pay its players, he secured his release from the 3.5 years left on his contract, for an undisclosed settlement. He joined the Boston Bruins in February 1976 for a salary far less than his $200,000 income in Cleveland. Estimated salary earned during the season: $175,000 ($100,000 pro-rated salary in the WHA and estimated $75,000 with Boston).
Source(s): Book: The NHL's Mistake by the Lake / Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey / The Sporting News
1976-77 $150,000 $798,366
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
1977-78 $150,000 $749,629
Bases salary, not including bonuses, deferred payments and other extras. (Earned $160,000 according to the Globe and Mail.)
Source(s): The Gazette
1978-79 $150,000 $696,535
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78.
Source(s): HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $185,000 $772,065
Retired as a pro hockey player after the season.
Source(s): The Sporting News
1980-81 $75,000 $275,664
As coach of the Boston Bruins.
Source(s): The Sporting News
Career Total: US $1,537,518
(In today's dollars: US $8,725,767)

NHL Rank: 3131
(In today's dollars: 1655)