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Top 10 Jewish Athletes

Shalom Life compiles a list of the top active Jewish athletes

By: Sammy Hudes

Published: July 23rd, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Top 10 Jewish Athletes

With each passing year, more and more Jewish athletes are making the big leagues.

With star athletes in each of the North American "Big Four" leagues and beyond, Jews appear to be earning more roster spots than ever before, with dozens still toiling in the minor leagues as well.

Enjoy as Shalom Life presents its list of the the Top 10 Jewish Athletes.


#4: Ian Kinsler


30-year-old Kinsler plays second base for the MLB’s Texas Rangers. Drafted by the team in 2003, Kinsler is a two-time all-star. He was originally drafted out of high school by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000 and again in 2001, but opted not to join the team either time to instead pursue a college career. In three years, Kinsler played Central Arizona College, Arizona State and University of Missouri before finally entering the MLB. He made his debut in 2006, batting .286 with 14 homeruns and 55 RBIs, and a team-leading 11 stolen bases. Kinsler hit career highs in 2009 with 31 home runs, 86 RBIs and 31 stolen bases, a year in which he also hit for the cycle. In his career, Kinsler has batted .275 with 134 home runs, 438 RBIs and 151 stolen bases.

#3: Michael Cammalleri


At 30 years of age, Cammalleri is without a doubt the best Jewish hockey player in the NHL. Drafted by the L.A. Kings in 2001, Cammalleri made his NHL debut with the Kings in 2002-03 after three years with the University of Michigan Wolverines. His best season in Los Angeles came in 2006-07 when he scored 36 goals, 46 assists and 80 points. He was traded to the Calgary Flames in the summer of 2008 and achieved a career-high 39 goals, 43 assists and 82 points in 2008-09. He played the next two and a half seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, where he was plagued with injuries and struggled to achieve similar regular season results. Cammalleri was traded back to Calgary this past January and scored 19 points in 28 games with the Flames. In 562 career regular season games, Cammalleri has picked up 197 goals, 228 assists and 425 points, in addition to 32 points in 32 career playoff games. He has also represented Canada internationally four times, winning bronze and silver medals at the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Championships respectively. He was named the tournament's best forward in 2002.

#2: Amar’e Stoudemire


NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire made headlines in 2010 when he started tweeting Hebrew phrases and announced he was travelling to Israel upon learning he had Jewish roots through his mother’s side. The 29-year-old New York Knicks power forward was drafted out of high school by the Phoenix Suns in 2002 and was the league’s Rookie of the Year in his first season. The six-time all-star played eight seasons for the Suns before signing with the Knicks in 2010. One of Stoudemire’s best seasons came in 2004-05 when he averaged a career-best 26 points per game. Over the course of his career, Stoudemire has played 641 regular season games, averaging 21.6 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game. He has made the All-NBA First Team once and the All-NBA Second Team four times.

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