Former Tulsa Oilers players to compete on CBS’ Amazing Race

TULSA, Okla. – Two former members of the Tulsa Oilers’ 2010-11 squad will make up one of 11 teams racing around the world for a million dollar prize on CBS’ Amazing Race in February, according to announcement made by the network this morning. Chicago native Anthony Battaglia, along with his older brother Bates, are looking forward to the race, which will be televised beginning on February 17th. “We’re professional athletes and if you put any kind of challenge in front of us, physical challenge, you know, I think we’ll have no problem with that,” Anthony Battaglia said.

Anthony Battaglia

Anthony Battaglia

“I’ve seen some of the previous contestants and I know they don’t have what we have and you know, I look forward to proving it,” Bates Battaglia added. Also among the 11 new teams of two competing is a pair of twin doctors, two roller derby moms, and a father and son who both have survived cancer. The contestants will travel over 30,000 miles through nine countries on five different continents. According to CBS, among other tasks, they will “skydive from 10,000 feet in Bora Bora, participate in a Shemozzle race in New Zealand, hunt for scorpions with the Bushmen of Botswana and scale the treacherous north face of the Eiger Mountain in Switzerland.” Anthony Battaglia, 33, who last played with the Huntsville Havoc (SPHL) was in the midst of his 11th pro season when he got the call to join his older brother and 20 other competitors in the show’s 22nd season. He put up 33 points (9 G, 24 A) with the Tulsa Oilers during the 2010-11 campaign. He previously played with the CHL’s Mississippi RiverKings and Amarillo Gorillas. Bates Battaglia, 36, finished out his 14-year professional career alongside his brother with the Oilers in 2011. He was selected by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the sixth round (132nd overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played 580 games in the league, primarily with the Carolina Hurricanes. He tallied 198 points (80 G, 118 A) during his NHL career. The two currently reside in Raleigh, North Carolina where Bates owns and operates Lucky B’s Bar with business partner Mike Lombardo. Besides their time together with the Oilers, the brothers were previously teammates in 2004-05 with the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL.
Bates Battaglia

Bates Battaglia

Bates Battaglia commented on the stress of the race and how it affects teammates and especially family members who compete together. “As much as we live together and work out together, we do get along, but then at times we don’t,” Battaglia said. “So we could end up doing some of the ‘Hanson Brothers’ stuff at some point – I’m sure it’ll come to something like that (smiling)…we’re not the people who’ll quietly be upset with each other, we’re gonna let each other know about it and it could come to blows, who knows.” “I love this show – the Amazing Race is something that I’ve watched regularly…I think we’ll bring a lot to this game and I have no doubt in my mind that we will win it.” “Like my brother said, I think we are the missing link,” Anthony added. “We’ve got the grit of hockey players, no teeth, and I think we’ve got what it takes to win the whole thing.” Contact the writer/photographer at robert.keith@prohockeynews.com Follow us on Twitter: @prohockeynews

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