Bates Battaglia
B battaglia
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
CHL Team
F. Teams
Tulsa Oilers
Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Lausitzer Füchse
Born December 13 1975 (1975-12-13) (age 44),
Chicago, IL, USA
NHL Draft 132nd overall, 1994
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Pro Career 1997 – present

Jonathan "Bates" Battaglia (born December 13, 1975) is an American professional ice hockey left winger, and is currently playing with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

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.[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]


  • 1995–96 CCHA Best Defensive Forward

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

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
NHL totals58080118198385425162128
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of the United States United States of America
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague


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

Personal lifeEdit

Battaglia lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, the home of his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes. He owns a neighborhood bar called "Lucky B's Around The Corner," located in the heart of Raleigh's Glenwood South District. He is the grandson of Chicago Outfit loanshark and muscle man, Sam Battaglia.


  1. Canes' BBC line at eye of the storm. ESPN (2002-05-12). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  2. Avs acquire Battaglia; Kings trade Smolinski. ESPN (2003-03-11). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  3. Colorado acts fast to replace star forward. ESPN (2003-10-23). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  4. Crunch sign left wing Bates Battaglia. (2009-11-11). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  5. Battaglia signs contract (Finnish). Jokerit (2010-01-28). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  6. Amerks sign veteran forward Bates Battaglia to a P.T.O. Rochester Americans (2010-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
  7. Oh brother!. Tulsa Oilers (2011-03-16). Retrieved on 2011-03-16.

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