Former NHLer and Toronto Maple Leaf Bates Battaglia will be a contest on the 22nd edition of The Amazing Race according to a report. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, but Battaglia and his brother were apparently spotted with the rest of the cast at the Los Angles airport recently. I’m not sure what’s more impressive, Battaglia being a contestant on the show, or that someone actually recognized him.Battaglia played parts of nine seasons in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, and Leafs. He spent time in the Leafs organization from 2005-2009 playing the majority of his minutes with the Marlies. His best season for Toronto came in 2006-07 when he played in all 82 games and had 12 goals and 31 points, while finishing with a plus-9 rating. He finished his NHL career with 80 goals and 118 assists, for 198 points. Battaglia was always a hard worker and a pretty versatile forward.
I must confess that I haven’t seen too many episodes of The Amazing Race, and the only reality show I really watch is Survivor. I’m more of a Boardwalk Empire and The Wire kind of guy. Nevertheless, the show seems to have an interesting concept. Contestants are teamed with someone they have a preexisting relationship with, and they travel the world completing challenges while trying to avoid obstacles. Or so Wikipedia tells me.
Battaglia may have an extra edge on his competition, however. He certainly would have been used to encountering adversity and roadblocks while playing for the Leafs organization during that time frame.
Still, a team made up of Brian Burke and Ron Wilson would be much more entertaining to watch.