New season of ‘Amazing Race’ to feature former Toronto Maple Leafs player, roller derby moms and new twist

New season of ‘Amazing Race’ to feature former Toronto Maple Leafs player, roller derby moms and new twist
by: Sheri Block
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A former Toronto Maple Leafs player (and his hockey playing brother), roller derby moms, female country singers, YouTube hosts and firefighters: when “The Amazing Race” kicks off Feb. 17 on CTV, an eclectic group of racers will once again be vying for the million dollar prize.

The 22nd season of the hit reality series will welcome former professional hockey player Bates Battaglia (played for the Toronto Maple Leafs) and his brother Anthony Battaglia (currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc), roller derby moms Mona Egender and Beth Bandimere and country singers Caroline Cutbirth and Jennifer Kuhle from the group Stealing Angels.

Other teams racing include twin doctors Idries Abdur-Rahman and Jamil Abdur-Rahman, YouTube hosts Joey Graceffa and Meghan Camarena and southern firefighters Matthew Davis and Daniel Moss.

The 11 teams will face everything from skydiving in Bora Bora to hunting for scorpions in Botswana as they race through five continents and nine countries.

There will also be a new twist on the Express Pass. Currently, the first team to check in on the first leg receives the pass, which allows them to skip a challenge during the race. This season, the team will receive two Express Passes – one for them and one to give to another team by the end of the fourth leg.

The following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

Name: Bates Battaglia
Age: 36
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Current occupation: Former Professional Hockey Player
(Played for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs)

Name: Anthony Battaglia
Age: 33
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Current occupation: Professional Hockey Player
(Currently plays for the Huntsville Havoc)

Connection: Hockey Brothers
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Name: Idries Abdur-Rahman
Age: 36
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

Name: Jamil Abdur-Rahman
Age: 36
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Current occupation: OB/GYN Physician

Connection: Twin Doctors
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Name: Max Bichler
Age: 30
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current occupation: Cigar Sales

Name: Katie Bichler
Age: 24
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Current occupation: Pharmacist

Connection: Newlyweds
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Name: Mona Egender
Age: 33
Hometown: Castle Pines, Colo.

Current occupation: Captioner/Roller Derby Player

Name: Beth Bandimere
Age: 36
Hometown: Arvada, Colo.
Current occupation: Tech Support/Roller Derby Player

Connection: Roller Derby Moms 
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Name: Chuck McCall
Age: 46
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
Current occupation: Retail Manager/Taxidermist

Name: Wynona McCall
Age:  49
Hometown: Daphne, Ala.
Current occupation: Cosmetologist/Hairstylist

Connection: Married
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Name: David O’Leary
Age: 58
Hometown: Salt Lake City 
Current occupation: Investment Properties

Name: Connor O’Leary
Age: 21
Hometown:  Salt Lake City
Current occupation: Professional Cyclist

Connection: Father/Son (Both Cancer Survivors)
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Name: Caroline Cutbirth
Age: 29
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current occupation: Singer/Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)
*Caroline is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone

Name: Jennifer Kuhle
Age: 30
Hometown: Nashville
Current occupation: Songwriter (Band Member of “Stealing Angels”)
*Jennifer is the granddaughter of John Wayne 
 
Connection: Friends/Country Singers
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Name: Joey Graceffa
Age: 21
Hometown: Los Angeles  
Current occupation: YouTube Host
Internet Personality Joey's YouTube Channel

Name: Meghan Camarena
Age: 25
Hometown: Los Angeles 
Current occupation: YouTube Host
Internet Personality Meghan's YouTube Channel

Connection: Friends/YouTube Hosts
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Name: Pamela Chien
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Art Director and Fitness Instructor

Name: Winnie Sung
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current occupation: Senior Project Manager

Connection: Best Friends
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Name: Jessica Hoel
Age: 26
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Current occupation: Account Manager

Name: John Erck
Age: 27
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Current Occupation: Entrepreneur/Computer Programmer

Connection: Dating
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Name: Matthew Davis
Age: 25
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C.
Current occupation: Firefighter

Name: Daniel Moss
Age: 24
Hometown: Gaffney, S.C. 
Current occupation: Firefighter

Connection:  Best Friends/Firefighters

 

 

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