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Keith Ballard  #2

Minnesota Wild  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: November 26, 1982  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Baudette, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 199 DRAFTED: BUF / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (11th overall)
PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS
*Third trip to Stanley Cup Playoffs
*Appeared in 10 playoff games with Vancouver in 2011 including Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final at BOS (4/8/11)

2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS
*Season-high +3 at EDM (2/27)
*Notched game-tying goal with 4:05 left in regulation, skated season-high 20:55 and tied season-high with 3 shots at CGY (2/1)
*Had season-high 12 PIM, including two fighting major for first time in his career at PIT (12/19)
*Registered season-high five hits at COL (12/14)
*Missed 16 games with upper-body injury (10/15-10/28, 11/7-11/25), currently out with lower-body injury
 
USHL First All-Star Team (2001) WCHA All-Rookie Team (2002) WCHA First All-Star Team (2003, 2004) NCAA West First All-American Team (2004) Traded to Colorado by Buffalo for Steve Reinprecht, July 3, 2003. Traded to Phoenix by Colorado with Derek Morris for Ossi Vaananen, Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft, March 9, 2004. Traded to Florida by Phoenix with Nick Boynton and Ottawa's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded back to Phoenix - Phoenix selected Jared Staal) in 2008 Entry Draft for Olli Jokinen, June 20, 2008. Traded to Vancouver by Florida with Victor Oreskovich for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and Vancouver's 1st round choice (Quinton Howden) in 2010 Entry Draft, June 25, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 5, 2013.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round