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NHL Fortune: $28,000

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Les Burgess’s net worth / career earnings / salary history. He made US$28,000 (US$157,028 in today's dollars), ranking #5292 in NHL / hockey career earnings.

Birthdate: September 19, 1953
Country of birth: Canada
Position: C
NHL Draft:
  • Year: 1973
  • Round #8
  • Overall Pick: 116
  • By: Toronto Maple Leafs

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Salary History
All amounts in US$ unless otherwise noted.
Season   Salary
(US$)
In today's
US$
NHL
Rank
+/-
(US$)
+/-
(%)
1973-74 $17,500 $101,949
After being an 8th round pick in the NHL, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs for CAN$20,000 and CAN$25,000 in the NHL and CAN$9,500 and CAN$10,000 in the minors, plus a signing bonus of CAN$7,500. NHL bonuses included $ 7,500 if he was in the NHL the last 28 days of the season; $ 50 per + from 0 to 10; $ 500 if he was +10; $ 75 per + between 11 and 20; $ 1,000 for +20; $ 100 per + over 20; $ 1,000 for 15 goals; and $ 100 per goal over 15; and $500 if he had 300 hits or more. Minor league bonuses included $ 500 for 20 goals; another $ 250 for 30 goals; and another $ 250 for 40 goals. He never played in the NHL in career and only earned the $ 500 with his 22 goals in the minors and his signing bonus.
Source: Copy of contract
1974-75 $10,500 $55,079
Played in the AHL and earned the $ 500 with his 22 goals.
Source: Copy of contract
Career Earnings: US$28,000
(In today's dollars: US$157,028)

NHL Rank: 5292
(In today's dollars: 5218)

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