Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame inducts Bates Battaglia
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. - Former Lake Superior State forward Bates Battaglia was a member of the 2013 class inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Belvedere Banquet Hall.
Battaglia, a Chicago native, totaled 31-64--95 while playing at LSSU from 1994-97. He was chosen the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's Best Defensive Forward in 1996 and was named to the CCHA All-Tournament Team in 1995.
Battaglia enjoyed a successful 15-year professional hockey career, which included stints with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. He made a Stanley Cup finals appearance with Carolina in 2002.
Last May, Battaglia and his brother, Tony, won the 22nd edition of CBS's The Amazing Race.
The late Tim Breslin, who played at LSSU from 1987-91 and was a member of LSSU's 1988 NCAA Championship team, was inducted in 2012.