BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they have agreed to terms with left Jon “Bates” Battaglia, who will join his 25-year-old brother Anthony Battaglia on the team’s roster. Bates Battaglia is expected to be in uniform when Mississippi hosts Columbia on Tuesday.
Bates Battaglia becomes the ninth player who played in the NHL in 2003-04 to play in the ECHL in 2004-05. He joins Eric Boulton (Columbia), Curtis Brown (San Diego), Scott Gomez (Alaska), Shane Hnidy (Florida), Bill Lindsay (Long Beach), Dale Purinton (Victoria), Phil Sauve (Mississippi), Mark Smith (Victoria) and Jeremy Stevenson (South Carolina). Smith is currently on the 30-day injured reserve while Hnidy is unable to play because of an immigration issue. Dan Blackburn, who is playing with Victoria, played in the NHL in 2002-03, but sat out 2003-04 with an injury.
Selected in the sixth round (132nd overall) by Anaheim in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, the 29-year-old Bates Battaglia has played seven seasons in the National Hockey League, scoring 167 points (68g-99a) in 485 regular season games with Carolina, Colorado and Washington. He scored 14 points (5g-9a) and helped Carolina reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2001-02 and has appeared in 42 career NHL playoff games, scoring 21 points (5g-21a).