Adding to their family atmosphere, the Tulsa Oilers have signed the brother of one of their current players, who just happens to have played 580 games in the National Hockey League.
Left wing Bates Battaglia, older brother of Anthony Battaglia has signed with the Oilers and is expected to be in the line-up tonight (Wednesday) when the Oilers play at Texas.
“Bates is excited to come here and have a chance to play with his brother,” Oilers coach Bruce Ramsay said. “And for us to be able to add a player with almost 600 games of NHL experience is going to help us.”
Battaglia, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, was most recently playing in Germany and with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockety League. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks selected him in the sixth round (132nd overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He never played for Anaheim but amassed his 580 NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 80 NHL goals and 118 assists for 198 points. In 42 Stanley Cup playoff games, he has five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.
“Bates’ playoff experience is a factor that’s going to be very valuable for us in this year’s playoffs Ramsay said.
The Oilers continue a six game road trip at Texas Wednesday then have weekend games at Allen on Friday and Odessa on Saturday.
Tickets for all Oiler games are available at the BOK Box Office, Tickets.com, Tulsa area Reasor’s stores, and by calling 1-866-7BOK-CTR (866-725-5287). More information is available by calling the Oilers office at 918-632-PUCK (7825).