Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bates Battaglia
Jon Battaglia has been known only by his father's old nickname "Bates" during his solid NHL career. Battaglia, a left-winger, was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim following his collegiate career at the Lake Superior State but was traded to the Hartford Whalers before he had a chance to suit up for the Ducks. The Whalers eventually transferred to Carolina and became the Hurricanes and it was with them that Battaglia made his NHL debut.

In 1997-98 Battaglia started his season with the New Haven Beast of the American Hockey League but the Hurricanes called him for a game versus the Dallas Stars on January 3 1998. He went on to play 33 games for Carolina and contributed six points. In 1998-99 Battaglia cracked the Hurricanes roster out of training camp and played in his first full NHL campaign.

Battaglia slowly developed into a solid power forward and was relied on more and more to provide offense for the Hurricanes. In 1999-00 he scored 16 goals but his break-through year came in 2001-02 when he was placed on a line with veteran Rod Brind'amour and rookie Erik Cole. Battaglia delivered his first 20-goal season with their help ending the season with 21 goals and 46 points. However the line enjoyed their greatest success in the post-season reaching the Stanley Cup Finals falling short to the Detroit Red Wings.

Battaglia and the Hurricanes were looking to build on their success from 2002, however, the team and Battaglia were struggling and he subsequently was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche midway through the season. After only a brief stint in Colorado, Battaglia was acquired by the Washington Capitals in the early stages of the 2003-04 season for Steve Konowalchuk. Once the Caps season came to a close, Battaglia joined the United States at the 2004 World Championship and was instrumental in its bronze medal performance.

Following a two-year hiatus from the NHL, Battaglia returned to the NHL in 2006 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs under former Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Team Illinois MEHL 60 42 42 84 68
1993-94 Caledon Canadians ON-Jr.A 44 15 33 48 104
1994-95 Lake Superior State CCHA 38 6 14 20 34
1994-95 United States WJC-A 7 3 2 5 2
1995-96 Lake Superior State CCHA 40 13 22 35 48
1996-97 Lake Superior State CCHA 38 12 27 39 80
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 2 4 6 10 -1
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 48 15 21 36 48 -9 1 0 0 0 0
1997-98 United States WC-A 6 1 1 2 6
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 7 11 18 22 +7 6 0 3 3 8
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 16 18 34 39 +20
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 12 15 27 76 -14 6 0 2 2 2
2001-02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 21 25 46 44 -6 23 5 9 14 14
2002-03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 70 5 14 19 90 -17
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 1 5 6 10 -2 7 0 2 2 4
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 4 0 1 1 4 -1
2003-04 Washington Capitals NHL 66 4 6 10 38 -23
2003-04 United States WC-A 9 2 2 4 14 +5
2004-05 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 25 6 11 17 24 +7 4 0 0 0 10
2005-06 Toronto Marlies AHL 79 20 47 67 86 -1 5 1 1 2 6
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 12 19 31 45 +9
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 0 0 7 -6
2007-08 Toronto Marlies AHL 56 12 14 26 42 -6 19 6 2 8 28
2008-09 Toronto Marlies AHL 59 17 34 51 55 +15 6 2 3 5 4
2009-10 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 17 1 0 1 12 -1 2 1 0 1 0
2009-10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 6 16 22 15 -7
2010-11 Lausitzer Fuchse Weisswasser German-2 2 1 1 2 2
2010-11 Rochester Americans AHL 20 1 2 3 12 -8
2010-11 Tulsa Oilers CHL 6 1 3 4 4 -2 10 5 2 7 4
NHL Totals 580 80 118 198 385 42 5 16 21 28


Traded to Hartford by Anaheim with Anaheim's 4th round choice (Josef Vasicek) in 1998 Entry Draft for Mark Janssens, March 18, 1997. Rights transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Colorado by Carolina for Radim Vrbata, March 11, 2003. Traded to Washington by Colorado with Jonas Johansson for Steve Konowalchuk and Washington's 3rd round choice (later traded to Carolina - Carolina selected Casey Borer) in 2004 Entry Draft, October 22, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Mississippi (ECHL), February 21, 2005. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Toronto (AHL), October 2, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 8, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Syracuse (AHL), November 18, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), February 3, 2010. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Rochester (AHL), December 8, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Lausitzer Fuchse (German-2), January 27, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Tulsa (CHL), March 16, 2011.