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NHL Fortune: $365,796

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Jean Beliveau’s net worth / earnings / salary history. He made US $365,796 (US $3,358,119 in today's dollars), ranking #4406 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: August 31, 1931
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1947-48 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. For Victoriaville, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$15/week (CAN$168 in today's dollars) until December and then CAN$35/week (CAN$393 in today's dollars) for the rest of the season.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1948-49 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. For Victoriaville, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$35/week (CAN$393 in today's dollars).
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1949-50 $5,406 $61,371
Contract in Canadian currency: $6,000. For the Quebec Citadelles, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$6,000. He was also working in Public Relations for Laiterie Laval for $3,000/year.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey
1950-51 $5,406 $60,708
Contract in Canadian currency: $6,000. For the Quebec Citadelles, in the Quebec Junior Hockey League, he made CAN$6,000. He was also working in Public Relations for Laiterie Laval for $3,000/year.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey / Ottawa Citizen
1951-52 $9,500 $98,916
Contract in Canadian currency: $10,000. With the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. (According to Maclean's, he was making CAN$20,000)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey / Book: Jacques Plante
1952-53 $20,420 $207,892
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000. With the Quebec Aces of the Quebec Senior Hockey League. Also had earning from his job in a dairy company and other sources. His $20,000 salary was reported as the highest salary for a hockey player in the world. (According to a copy of his contract with the Aces, he earned CAN$300 per week.)
Source: Books: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey and Blue Lines, Goal Lines & Bottom Lines / Book: La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens / Maclean's / Copy of contract / Book: Jacques Plante / Book: 100 moments historiques des Canadiens
1953-54 $41,697 $421,177
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. First full season in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens. On October 3, 1953, signed a five-year contract for CAN $21,000 per year in base salary. In addition to his base salary, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000. (According to the Globe and Mail, it was a five-year contract for $110,000 overall. According to the books La glorieuse histoire des Canadiens and 100 moments historiques des Canadiens, it was for $100,000 overall. The 1958 Stanley Cup Annual Magazine has conflicting information, stating that Beliveau signed a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens for CAN$100,000 for the 3 seasons)
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey / Maclean's / Hockey Select 89-90 / Book: Breaking the Ice
1954-55 $42,107 $423,893
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1955-56 $41,574 $419,621
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1956-57 $41,656 $414,261
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1957-58 $42,763 $411,493
Contract in Canadian currency: $41,000. In addition to a base salary of CAN$21,000, he had a CAN$10,000/year public relations job with Molson's Brewery (owner of the team) and hockey bonuses of approximately CAN$10,000.
Source: Book: Jean Beliveau - My Life in Hockey; Maclean's; Hockey Select 89-90
1963-64 $18,540 $163,663
Contract in Canadian currency: $20,000.
Source: The Hockey News
1964-65 $927 $8,078
Contract in Canadian currency: $1,000. Received a $1,000 bonus from the NHL for winning the Connie Smythe trophy.
Source: Official National Hockey Annual 66
1970-71 $95,800 $667,046
Contract in Canadian currency: $100,000. He retired from pro hockey after the season.
Source: Radio-Canada
1973-74 $0 $0
Contract in Canadian currency: $0. The Quebec Nordiques, of the World Hockey Association, offered him CAN$DN 300,000 per season to come out of retirement and join the team. He refused and stayed with the Montreal Canadiens in his administrative role.
Source: Book: Les Nordiques
2004-05 $0 $0 20
Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold about 200 items from his private collection for nearly US$1 million. Proceeds of the sale were shared with his family. Items sold included US$62,768 for his 1958-59 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring; $44,000 for a 1967 game worn jersey; $27,964 for his 1965 Conn Smythe Trophy; $27,087 for his 1957-58 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship miniature trophy; and $25,937 for his 1992-93 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup Championship Ring.
Source: The Globe and Mail / La Presse
2019-20 $0 $0 1023
Through the firm Classic Auctions, sold about 80 items from his private collection for approximately US$ 360,000. Proceeds of the sale were shared among the Beliveau family. Items sold include (in $) $65,591 for a 1962-63 game-worn jersey; $48,050 for his 1970-71 game used skates for his 500th goal; $45,960 for his 1958-59 Stanley Cup ring; and $37,023 for a 1970-71 presentational trophy for his 500th goal.
Source: Classic Auctions
Career Total: US $365,796
(In today's dollars: US $3,358,119)

NHL Rank: 4406
(In today's dollars: 2319)

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