Below, the Rocket’s contract for the 1956-57 season, drawn up on a 1954 Northern Electric calendar page, for the sum of $12,000, plus a $2,000 signing bonus.
$12,000 is basically the equivalent of $108,000 in 2017 dollars.
Thanks to Bernie Beland in Sudbury for sending me a photo of this great piece.
Interestingly enough, Rocket’s brother Henri’s rookie contract was drawn up on the very same type of calendar page, but from the year before, 1953, even though Henri’s rookie year was 1955-56.
GM Frank Selke must have held on to his old, out-of-date Northern Electric calendar pages because he was a cheap bastard.