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Keith Ballard

Keith Ballard  #2

Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: November 26, 1982
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Baudette, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 204 DRAFTED: BUF / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (11th overall)
PLAYOFF HIGHLIGHTS Fourth 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) 2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS *Skated in 600th career NHL game vs. LA (11/26) - 10th Minnesota-born defenseman to reach 600 games *Recorded season-highs with four blocked shots at PHI (11/20) and three hits vs. ANA (12/5) *Skated season-high 21:18 at DAL (11/15) *Tallied assist in season debut at ANA (10/17) *Missed eight games with illness (10/23-11/6)...Suffered multiple facial fractures and a concussion vs. NYI (12/9) and missed final 56 games of season
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.
Quote of the Day

I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday