Bates Battaglia

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Jonathan "Bates" Battaglia (born December 13, 1975) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He most recently played with Karlskrona HK of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan after having played in the National Hockey League with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playing career

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 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.

On March 11, 2003, Battaglia was traded by the Hurricanes to the Colorado Avalanche for Radim Vrbata. 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.

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. 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.

On December 8, 2010, Battaglia signed a 25-game professional try-out contract with the AHL's Rochester Americans. 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.

On November 2011, Battaglia signed with Karlskrona HK of the Swedish Division 1. Through the 2011"12 season, Battaglia scored 23 points in 25 games to help Karlskrona gain promotion to the HockeyAllsvenskan.

Personal life

Battaglia is the grandson of former Chicago mob member Sam Battaglia. Bates and his brother Anthony competed in season 22 of The Amazing Race the race and won.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992"93Team IllinoisMEHL6042428468"?"?"?"?"?
1993"94Caledon CanadiansMetJHL44153348104"?"?"?"?"?
1994"95Lake Superior State UniversityNCAA386152132"?"?"?"?"?
1995"96Lake Superior State UniversityNCAA4013223548"?"?"?"?"?
1996"97Lake Superior State UniversityNCAA3812273980"?"?"?"?"?
1997"98Beast of New HavenAHL481521364810000
1997"98Carolina HurricanesNHL33 2 4 610"?"?"?"?"?
1998"99Carolina HurricanesNHL60 711182260338
1999"00Carolina HurricanesNHL7716183439"?"?"?"?"?
2000"01Carolina HurricanesNHL801215277660222
2001"02Carolina HurricanesNHL822125464423591414
2002"03Carolina HurricanesNHL70 5141990"?"?"?"?"?
2002"03Colorado AvalancheNHL13 1561070224
2003"04Colorado AvalancheNHL4 0 114"?"?"?"?"?
2003"04Washington CapitalsNHL66 4 61038"?"?"?"?"?
2004"05Mississippi Sea WolvesECHL256111724400010
2005"06Toronto MarliesAHL792047678651126
2006"07Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8212193145"?"?"?"?"?
2007"08Toronto Maple LeafsNHL130007"?"?"?"?"?
2007"08Toronto MarliesAHL56121426421962828
2008"09Toronto MarliesAHL591734515562354
2009"10Syracuse CrunchAHL296162215"?"?"?"?"?
2010"11Rochester AmericansAHL2012312"?"?"?"?"?
2010"11Lausitzer Füchse2.GBun21122"?"?"?"?"?
2010"11Tulsa OilersCHL61344105274
2011"12Karlskrona HKSwe.22510132320102464
NHL totals58080118198385425162128


Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1995 United States WJC 7 3 2 5 2
1998 United States WC 6 1 1 2 6
2004 United States WC 9 2 2 4 14
Junior int'l totals 7 3 2 5 2
Senior int'l totals 15 3 3 6 20

Awards and honours

Award Year
CCHA Best Defensive Forward 1996

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