Bates Battaglia

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Bates Battaglia
Bates Battaglia, Carolina Hurricanes 2.jpg
Born (1975-12-13) December 13, 1975 (age 38)
Chicago, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Jokerit
National team  United States
NHL Draft 132nd overall, 1994
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1997–2012

Jonathan "Bates" Battaglia (born December 13, 1975) is an American former professional ice hockey left winger who played in the National Hockey League with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished his professional career in 2012 with Karlskrona HK of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.

Playing career[edit]

Battaglia was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the sixth round (132nd overall selection) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Growing up, Bates played hockey in Park Ridge, Illinois, under Coach Tom Godwin. He played on the three-time NCAA National Championship Lake Superior State University Lakers from 1994–1997.

On March 18, 1997, Battaglia too was traded by the Mighty Ducks to the Hartford Whalers for Mark Janssens. He made his professional debut in the 1997–98 season with the Beast of New Haven of the AHL before making his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes in their inaugural season. Battaglia established himself as a NHL regular with the Hurricanes, enjoying his most successful period as a third of the BBC line (Brind'Amour, Battaglia, Cole) during their 2001–2002 Stanley Cup run.[1]

On March 11, 2003, Battaglia was traded by the Hurricanes to the Colorado Avalanche for Radim Vrbata.[2] His tenure was short as he was traded at the start of the 2003–04 season by the Avalanche, along with Jonas Johansson to the Washington Capitals for Steve Konowalchuk.[3]

During the 2004 NHL lockout, Bates Battaglia joined his younger brother Anthony on the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL for the 2004–05 season on February 21, 2005.

On October 2, 2005, Battaglia was signed by the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League to a one-year deal. The following season, Battaglia signed as a free agent to parent club the Toronto Maple Leafs to a one-year contract on July 2, 2006. Battaglia re-signed as a free agent with the Leafs to a two-year contract on July 2, 2007.

On December 13, 2007, Battaglia was assigned to the Toronto Marlies on a conditioning stint, however he was left in the minors for the duration of the season. Battaglia was again assigned to the Marlies at the start of the 2008–09 season and posted a respectable 51 points in 59 games for the Marlies.

A free agent in the 2009–10 season, Battaglia signed with AHL team Syracuse Crunch on November 11, 2009.[4] After 29 games with the Crunch, Bates left the club after signing a contract for the rest of the season with Finnish team Jokerit of the SM-liiga as an injury replacement on January 28, 2010.[5]

On December 8, 2010, Battaglia signed a 25-game professional try-out contract with the AHL's Rochester Americans.[6] After contributing only 3 points in 20 games with the Amerks, Battaglia was released and signed with Lausitzer Füchse of the German 2nd Bundesliga. Battaglia's brief stay with Füchse was limited to 2 games due to injury and on March 16, 2011, he returned to North America and signed to again join his brother, Anthony, at the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League.[7]

On November 2011, Battaglia signed with Karlskrona HK of the Swedish Division 1.[8] Through the 2011–12 season, Battaglia scored 23 points in 25 games to help Karlskrona gain promotion to the HockeyAllsvenskan. Battaglia finished third among import players in league scoring behind Andrew Fournier and Bill Keenan.

Personal life[edit]

Battaglia is the grandson of former Chicago mob member Sam Battaglia.[9] Bates and his brother Anthony competed in season 22 of The Amazing Race and won the Amazing Race 22 title and the one million dollar grand prize over newlyweds of Max & Katie.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Team Illinois MEHL 60 42 42 84 68
1993–94 Caledon Canadians MetJHL 44 15 33 48 104
1994-95 Lake Superior State University NCAA 38 6 15 21 32
1995-96 Lake Superior State University NCAA 40 13 22 35 48
1996-97 Lake Superior State University NCAA 38 12 27 39 80
1997–98 Beast of New Haven AHL 48 15 21 36 48 1 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 2 4 6 10
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 7 11 18 22 6 0 3 3 8
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 16 18 34 39
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 12 15 27 76 6 0 2 2 2
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 21 25 46 44 23 5 9 14 14
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 70 5 14 19 90
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 1 5 6 10 7 0 2 2 4
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Washington Capitals NHL 66 4 6 10 38
2004–05 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 25 6 11 17 24 4 0 0 0 10
2005–06 Toronto Marlies AHL 79 20 47 67 86 5 1 1 2 6
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 12 19 31 45
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 0 0 7
2007–08 Toronto Marlies AHL 56 12 14 26 42 19 6 2 8 28
2008–09 Toronto Marlies AHL 59 17 34 51 55 6 2 3 5 4
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 6 16 22 15
2009–10 Jokerit SM-l 17 1 0 1 12 2 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 20 1 2 3 12
2010–11 Lausitzer Füchse 2.GBun 2 1 1 2 2
2010–11 Tulsa Oilers CHL 6 1 3 4 4 10 5 2 7 4
2011–12 Karlskrona HK Swe.2 25 10 13 23 20 10 2 4 6 4
NHL totals 580 80 118 198 385 42 5 16 21 28
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1995 United States WJC 5th 7 3 2 5 2
1998 United States WC 12th 6 1 1 2 6
2004 United States WC 3rd 9 2 2 4 14
Junior totals 7 3 2 5 2
Senior totals 15 3 3 6 20

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1995 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canes' BBC line at eye of the storm". ESPN. 2002-05-12. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Avs acquire Battaglia; Kings trade Smolinski". ESPN. 2003-03-11. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Colorado acts fast to replace star forward". ESPN. 2003-10-23. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Crunch sign left wing Bates Battaglia". oursportscentral.com. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Battaglia signs contract" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Amerks sign veteran forward Bates Battaglia to a P.T.O". Rochester Americans. 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Oh brother!". Tulsa Oilers. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  8. ^ "Bates Battaglia ready for Karlskrona HK". Karlskrona HK. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  9. ^ Weekes, Don (2007). Crease-Crashing Hockey Trivia. Canada: Greystone Books. p. 128. ISBN 9781553653288. 
  10. ^ "Bates and Anthony". CBS. Retrieved 2013-01-27. 
  11. ^ "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wayne Strachan
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
1995-96
Succeeded by
John Madden
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge
The Amazing Race (U.S. TV series)
Winners of The Amazing Race 22
Succeeded by
Jason Case and Amy Diaz