As of 2014, there are about 30 professional hockey players of black African descent, including Wayne Simmonds and Ray Emery, both of the National Hockey League Philadelphia Flyers. The NHL itself emphasizes that hockey is "for everyone," noting that many black players have played professional hockey since the 1950s.
Willie O'Ree was the first Black hockey player to play professionally in the NHL. The Canadian-born O'Ree's pro hockey career began in 1958. The Edmonton Oilers have a good track record of hiring black players, with a total of 11 such players having been on the team's roster through the year.Learn More
The necessary equipment for roller hockey includes roller skates without brakes, a helmet, elbow pads, hockey gloves, an athletic cup, and pads for the knees and shins. Mouth guards and either a full face mask or a half mask are recommended.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the average salary of WNBA players stands at $72,000 per year, with the league minimum at $37,950 and the top salary at $107,000 for players who have been in the league for six years or more. On average, WNBA teams pay a total of approximately $10.4 million to 144 players. BuzzFeed points out that 52 NBA players make more than the entire WNBA combined.Full Answer >
Famous badminton players include Eddie Choong, David G. Freeman, Prakash Padukone and Judy Devlin-Hashman. These talented individuals are credited with increasing the popularity of the racket sport around the world and its eventual entry into the Olympic Games.Full Answer >
As of 2014, approximately half of the players in the National Football League have college degrees. This is a better ratio than any other major sports league and is partially due to the drafting process.Full Answer >