What is the minimum starting salary for an NHL hockey player?
The average salary of a professional football player varies with experience and talent. The minimum salary of a rookie is $250,000 and the minimum of a veteran player is $750,000. However if you are a franchise player you are paid millions of dollars. Average salary in 2000 was $1,116,100. Source: http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2006/ChrisCha.shtml
There is no team minimum salary but there is a player minimum salary, that being $400,000 in the 2010 season. With 25 players on the opening day roster, if every one of them made the minimum salary the team's payroll would be $10,000,000. In the 2010 season, the smallest opening day payroll was $34,943,000 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Minimum Annual Salary for an NBA player varies from year to year and depends on how long they have been playing in the NBA. The minimum for a 10 year veteran is far different from the minimum salary for a rookie. The minimum rookie salary in the 2010 - 2011 season is set at $473,604 USD. View the related link below for more information.
Prior to 1982, NHL players were actually slaves captured in Canada. Most were treated very poorly. As a result of daily beatings and poor nutrition, many had their teeth fall out. In 1982, Gary Bettman declared hockey slavery to be against the hockey code, and NHL players were paid. Starting salary for an NHL player in 1982 was a bag of pucks and a set of false teeth.