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NHL Fortune: $1,370,931

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Gerry Cheevers’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $1,370,931 (US $6,987,039 in today's dollars), ranking #3021 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: September 2, 1940

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1961-62 $215 $1,946
Contract in Canadian currency: $218. Prior to the season, after his junior career, signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Maples Leafs for a NHL salary of $6,000 and $6,500. He only played two NHL games in 1961-62 and played in the minors until 1965-66.
Source: The Hockey News
1971-72 $45,000 $300,408
Source: Book: Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines
1972-73 $171,429 $1,108,017
Signed a seven-year contract with the New England Whalers (then sold to Cleveland Crusaders), of the World Hockey Association, for $1.2M. Also included were performance bonuses, a $10,000 interest-free loan and a free car rental each year. (It was a seven-year contract for $1.4M according to the book Derek Sanderson - Crossing the Line and a six-year contract for $1M according to the book Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines.)
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1973-74 $171,429 $1,043,632
With Cleveland of the WHA
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1974-75 $171,429 $939,713
With Cleveland of the WHA
Source: Book: The Rebel League
1975-76 $171,429 $860,967
With Cleveland of the WHA. After 28 games with the Cleveland Cruisaders, in the WHA, secured his release and joined the Boston Bruins for a salary far less than his $200,000 income in Cleveland, according to the book Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey.
Source: Book: The Rebel League / Book: Brian McFarlane's History of Hockey
1976-77 $160,000 $759,937
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1977-78 $160,000 $713,546
Source: Globe and Mail
1978-79 $160,000 $663,008
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
1979-80 $160,000 $595,867
Estimated salary based on documented salaries for 1977-78. Retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: HockeyZonePlus
Career Total: US $1,370,931
(In today's dollars: US $6,987,039)

NHL Rank: 3021
(In today's dollars: 1606)

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