|6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
205 lb (93 kg)
Toronto Maple Leafs
|Born||December 13, 1975,|
Chicago, IL, USA
|NHL Draft||132nd overall, 1994|
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
|Pro Career||1997 – present|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
Awards[edit | edit source]
- 1995–96 CCHA Best Defensive Forward
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]
|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|
|2004–05||Mississippi Sea Wolves||ECHL||25||6||11||17||24||4||0||0||0||10|
|2006–07||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||82||12||19||31||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||13||0||0||0||7||—||—||—||—||—|
|Competitor for United States of America|
International[edit | edit source]
|Junior int'l totals||7||3||2||5||2|
|Senior int'l totals||15||3||3||6||20|
Personal life[edit | edit source]
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.
References[edit | edit source]
- Canes' BBC line at eye of the storm. ESPN (2002-05-12). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
- Avs acquire Battaglia; Kings trade Smolinski. ESPN (2003-03-11). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
- Colorado acts fast to replace star forward. ESPN (2003-10-23). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
- Crunch sign left wing Bates Battaglia. oursportscentral.com (2009-11-11). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
- Battaglia signs contract (Finnish). Jokerit (2010-01-28). Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
- Amerks sign veteran forward Bates Battaglia to a P.T.O. Rochester Americans (2010-12-08). Retrieved on 2010-12-13.
- Oh brother!. Tulsa Oilers (2011-03-16). Retrieved on 2011-03-16.
[edit | edit source]
- Bates Battaglia's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Bates Battaglia's biography at Legends of Hockey
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