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Born December 13, 1975 (1975-12-13) (age 34),
Chicago, IL, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
SM-Liiga team
F. teams
Jokerit
Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies
NHL Draft 132nd overall, 1994
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Playing career 1997 – present

Jonathan "Bates" Battaglia (born December 13, 1975) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who is currently playing for Jokerit in SM-liiga.

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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 inaugral 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 AHL 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.

On January 28, 2010, Finnish hockey team Jokerit of Helsinki confirmed on their website that they had secured a contract with Battaglia for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season. According to the club's website, Battaglia will play at center position until the recovery of center Janne Hauhtonen.

Awards

  • 1995–96 CCHA Best Defensive Forward

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
NHL totals 580 80 118 198 385 42 5 16 21 28

Personal life

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.

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