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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

Joe Battista: Hockey's Version of 'Saturday Night Fever'
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Joe Battista: Hockey's Version of 'Saturday Night Fever'
99 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
What has really made “Hockey Valley” fans even more excited are recent historic events surrounding Coach Guy Gadowsky’s young upstart Nittany Lions who have taken the college hockey world by storm. Call it Penn State hockey’s version of “Saturday Night Fever.” [Read More]
Joe Battista: The Margin of Excellence
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Joe Battista: The Margin of Excellence
101 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Over the years I have been asked to speak to groups as far ranging as corporate executives at Nationwide, to the American Hockey Coaches Association National Convention. A common topic I choose has to do with leadership, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Nothing Like the Holidays to Put Things in Perspective
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Joe Battista: Nothing Like the Holidays to Put Things in Perspective
104 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Regardless of the ups and downs and regardless of the news that dominated our year, being with our family and friends for the holidays reminded us all that the journey will go on and that better days are ahead, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: The Inside Scoop on the Best Seats in the House for Pegula Ice Arena
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Joe Battista: The Inside Scoop on the Best Seats in the House for Pegula Ice Arena
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
OK sports fans. Now that you can put your deposits down to get seats for next hockey season, here is my unabashedly biased review of the best seats in the house for Pegula Ice Arena. I’m not holding anything back. You want it, you got it, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: A Win for the Ages
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Joe Battista: A Win for the Ages
108 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We all witnessed history on Saturday night in Happy Valley. Yes, it was a "Happy Valley" once again, even if only for a brief time, due to a fitting end to one of the most challenging football seasons ever, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Hockey People are Just a Different Breed
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Joe Battista: Hockey People are Just a Different Breed
110 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s been a great start to the hockey season at Penn State. Our teams are off to pretty good starts considering they have one recruiting class each under their belts and are playing against established varsity programs. [Read More]
Joe Battista: You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Joe Battista: You Can't Always Get What You Want
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
The glass slipper doesn’t always fit and the hero doesn’t always get to ride off into the sunset, no matter how many times you replay it in your mind. The “would haves, could haves, and should haves” don’t change the final result, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Another Great Night in Hockey Valley
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Joe Battista: Another Great Night in Hockey Valley
114 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Amazing. Exciting. Thrilled. Great atmosphere. The energy was awesome. The Students stood all game, long chanting and cheering. Can’t wait for Pegula Ice Arena. These were just some of the descriptions of the scene Friday night from fans at the first NCAA varsity men’s hockey game. [Read More]
Joe Battista: Are you Ready for Some Hockey? Some NCAA Varsity Hockey?
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Joe Battista: Are you Ready for Some Hockey? Some NCAA Varsity Hockey?
116 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Bear with me as I hold back a few tears and grin from ear to ear as a 30-year dream for this hockey guy is about to become a reality, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
Joe Battista: A Quarter of a Century Well Spent
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Joe Battista: A Quarter of a Century Well Spent
118 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On Aug. 28, I celebrated 25 years of service to Dear Old State. It's hard to believe 25 years has gone by so fast. There have been so many fun, certainly challenging, always interesting, and mostly memorable moments at PSU, Joe Battista writes. [Read More]
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