As the Maple Leafs enter an amazing race in search of playoff gold, they are tracking an ex-Leaf's million-dollar quest around the world on TV's The Amazing Race.

Bates Battaglia, who played 95 games for Toronto between stints with the AHL Marlies, leads the highly rated reality adventure show with partner/younger brother Anthony after two segments, with the third episode airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CTV.

Bates had just retired from playing in Europe, while Anthony still toils for the Huntsville (Ala.) Havoc of the Southern League. The two skaters did well in pearl diving in Bora Bora last week and used hockey smarts in a follow-up challenge to propel a coconut across a sandy arena and over a seaweed goal line - all while balanced on stilts.

Goalie James Reimer was shocked two weeks ago to spot quite by chance his old Marlies teammate sprint from the starting line in Los Angeles.