Trending: Battaglia on The Amazing Race

January 23, 2013, 2:24 PM

Former National Hockey League player Bates Battaglia will compete on the next season of the popular reality show The Amazing Race, it was announced Wednesday.

Battaglia, alongside his brother and fellow hockey player Anthony, make up one of 11 teams competing in the around-the-world scavenger hunt-type show in which the winners earn $1 million.

The 37-year-old played 580 games in the NHL, most of them with the Carolina Hurricanes, registering 198 points. He also spent time with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Battaglia and his brother played together for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League in 2010-11. The two aren’t the first pro athletes to compete on the show. Former NFL players Ken Green and Marcus Pollard competed on the show in 2008 and 2011 respectively, soccer player Andrew Weber appeared on the show in 2012 and former Cleveland Indians coach Steve Smith took part in 2010.

The Amazing Race has been an acclaimed reality show since its debut season in 2001 and has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program nine times.

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