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Blades' Batters killed in car accident

BANFF, ALBERTA, Aug. 23 -- Kansas City Blades defenseman Jeff Batters was killed early Friday in an automobile accident. He was 25. Batters, who played briefly in the NHL from 1993-95, was working at a youth summer hockey camp outside Banff.

He signed with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent last September and spent the entire 1995-96 season with the Blades, collecting five goals, 29 assists and 223 penalty minutes in 77 games. 'Jeff never gave up on his dream to play in the NHL,' said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Dean Lombardi. 'He was a good person who was well liked by the entire organization. Our condolences go out to his family.' The St. Louis Blues selected Batters in the seventh round of the 1989 draft and he appeared in six games with the team in 1993-94, picking up seven penalty minutes. He returned to the Blues in 1994-95, accumulating 21 penalty minutes in 10 games.

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