Raleigh, N.C. — Former Carolina Hurricane Bates Battaglia will compete on the next season of CBS reality show "The Amazing Race," according to an announcement made Wednesday morning.
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that the co-owner of Lucky B's and his brother, Anthony, would be among the teams on the show's 22nd season.
Fans had captured what appeared to be grainy images of them at an airport abroad.
The Chicago brothers could be tough competition on the show.
Jonathan "Bates" Battaglia, 36, also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and his brother is a member of the Central Hockey League.
The Battaglias could also have travel experience on their side. Each has traveled a lot for hockey and have had teammates from all over the globe. (Maybe a few friends they can contact if they need help on the race?) And Bates played for a Swedish team last year, so he has knowledge of that country already. Anthony, 33, played in Manchester with the English Premier League.
But on their race bios Anthony says he is most scared of "flying and being around strangers" and Bates says he fears the "language barrier."
The new season of "The Amazing Race" premiers Feb. 17.
Do you think the Battaglias stand a chance on the race? What do you think of the other teams?
What other athletes would you want to see on the race or "Survivor?"