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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, JoeBa has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities. Battista was an influential player in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley. He is now Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Buffalo Sabres.

Articles by Joe Battista

Baseball is Still a Great Way to “Pass Time”
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Baseball is Still a Great Way to “Pass Time”
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The kids on the team are a blast. Just look at the nicknames and you know this is a fun bunch: Bubba, Hit-Maker, Spanky, The Wizard, TG 13, Animal, Swinger, Bling-Bling, The Hitting Machine, Turbo, The Franchise, and The Hammer. [Read More]
Playoffs Bring Out the Best, and Worst, in Players and Fans
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Playoffs Bring Out the Best, and Worst, in Players and Fans
80 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
As bad as the Pens have played they will get another shot at the Bruins at 8 p.m. Wednesday. I will remind my “friends” who are fans of the Caps, Rangers, Devils, and Flyers that the only game their players have to worry about on Wednesday is their golf game! [Read More]
The Hottest Ticket in Town is Going Fast! Get Them While You Can! The Hottest Ticket in Town is Going Fast! Get Them While You Can!
82 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It's getting down to nitty-gritty time if you are thinking of getting in the mix for good seats for the inaugural season of Big Ten Hockey at the first season in the new Pegula Ice Arena. [Read More]
Mr. Technology? Who Me? Mr. Technology? Who Me?
84 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I noted that in 1994 I once told my players that "email might be the dumbest idea ever! Why would anyone sit and type a message instead of walking down the hall or picking up the phone to talk!" [Read More]
The Frozen Four in Pittsburgh? You betcha!
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The Frozen Four in Pittsburgh? You betcha!
86 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
OK, let me get this straight. No Minnesota, No Boston College, No Notre Dame, No Wisconsin, No North Dakota and you drew 18,000 people to a college hockey game in April in Pittsburgh? Yinz must have thrown back a few too many Iron City beers! [Read More]
Surround Yourself with People Who Will Make You Better!
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Surround Yourself with People Who Will Make You Better!
88 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Morris has two Penn State degrees, a Master’s and Ph.D. and he actually coached the Penn State hockey team from 1974-77! He will remind me every now and then that it is he, and not me, who has the best winning percentage of any PSU Coach! [Read More]
Reliving the 'Miracle on Ice' with 1980 USA Olympic HockeyTeam Captain Mike Eruzione
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Reliving the 'Miracle on Ice' with 1980 USA Olympic HockeyTeam Captain Mike Eruzione
90 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I believe the 1980 'Miracle on Ice' is the greatest upset in the history of sports. Not just team sports, not just the Olympics, not just for the 20th century, but of all-time. [Read More]
To Vacation or Not To Vacation?
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To Vacation or Not To Vacation?
92 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
For the bulk of my 19 years in coaching at PSU I spent spring break at the ACHA National Tournament in such noted destination spots as Athens, Ohio; Ames, Iowa; Bensenville, Illinois; Laurel, Maryland; and Minot, North Dakota! [Read More]
Joe Battista: Thank you Greenberg Ice Pavilion!  Next stop: Pegula Ice Arena!
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Joe Battista: Thank you Greenberg Ice Pavilion! Next stop: Pegula Ice Arena!
94 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
After 32 years of hosting college hockey games, the final Penn State hockey games were being played at Greenberg. I have spent the better part of the last 32 years lacing up my skates in the Ice Pavilion. [Read More]
Joe Battista | Supporting Our Local State High Kids: It Takes a Community
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Joe Battista | Supporting Our Local State High Kids: It Takes a Community
96 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
But in addition to the support our local community gives to THON, I have another challenge that hits a little closer to home and allows you the opportunity to get involved as a volunteer, a donor or to provide prizes to help a very worthwhile cause for State High students. [Read More]
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