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December 9, 2015 02:08 PM
Keith Ballard: Retires from hockey
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (concussion) has officially retired from hockey, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

Ballard's decision comes a year removed from the last of five concussions he suffered while playing in the NHL. The Minnesota product enjoyed a successful NHL career, playing over 600 games and making a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. Ballard has been added to the list of players who have decided to cut their careers short due to fear of the long-term effects of repeated head injuries. Ballard has returned to the University of Minnesota as a full-time student and is on track to earn his degree in sports management next spring.

June 1, 2015 02:19 PM
Ballard said during Monday's media availability that he is still experiencing the effects of a concussion suffered Dec. 9, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard said during Monday's media availability that he is still experiencing the effects of a concussion suffered Dec. 9, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

June 1, 2015 03:52 PM
Ballard (concussion) appears unlikely to play again this season, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard has been on the ice in recent weeks, but hasn't been able to increase the intensity of his workouts without concussion symptoms surfacing. The 32-year-old blueliner will be a free agent in the offseason and doesn't figure to draw much interest due to the uncertainty that he'll be able to play again.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (concussion) appears unlikely to play again this season, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard has been on the ice in recent weeks, but hasn't been able to increase the intensity of his workouts without concussion symptoms surfacing. The 32-year-old blueliner will be a free agent in the offseason and doesn't figure to draw much interest due to the uncertainty that he'll be able to play again.

June 1, 2015 04:10 PM
Ballard (concussion) skated with the team Sunday.Ballard's return to the ice may be the first since suffering the concussion in December. At one point the blueliner was considering retirement, but it appears he will give it another go as he begins the process towards returning to the lineup.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (concussion) skated with the team Sunday.Ballard's return to the ice may be the first since suffering the concussion in December. At one point the blueliner was considering retirement, but it appears he will give it another go as he begins the process towards returning to the lineup.

June 1, 2015 04:50 PM
Ballard is still experiencing concussion symptoms and is weighing retirement, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "But knowing what we know about concussions, I have to think about the long term," Ballard said.Ballard suffered a concussion and multiple facial fractures after taking a hit to the boards on Dec. 9. It was his third concussion in 14 months and fifth in five years and he was convulsing on the ice afterwards. It doesn't sound like he'll return this season and his career may be over.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard is still experiencing concussion symptoms and is weighing retirement, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "But knowing what we know about concussions, I have to think about the long term," Ballard said.Ballard suffered a concussion and multiple facial fractures after taking a hit to the boards on Dec. 9. It was his third concussion in 14 months and fifth in five years and he was convulsing on the ice afterwards. It doesn't sound like he'll return this season and his career may be over.

June 2, 2015 04:46 AM
The Wild placed Ballard (concussion) on IR, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard is still considered out indefinitely, so the move to IR will open up a roster spot for the team to work with while he's out.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Wild placed Ballard (concussion) on IR, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard is still considered out indefinitely, so the move to IR will open up a roster spot for the team to work with while he's out.

June 2, 2015 04:52 AM
Ballard is dealing with a concussion and multiple facial fractures and is considered out indefinitely, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard is dealing with a concussion and multiple facial fractures and is considered out indefinitely, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

June 2, 2015 04:53 AM
Ballard was taken to an area hospital after a tough hit from the Islanders' Matt Martin midway through the second period Tuesday that appeared to briefly knock him out, NHL.com reports.Ballard was driven hard into the boards by Martin and stayed on the ice for some time. A stretcher was brought out, but Ballard skated off under his own power. The team reported that Ballard was conscious at the hospital.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard was taken to an area hospital after a tough hit from the Islanders' Matt Martin midway through the second period Tuesday that appeared to briefly knock him out, NHL.com reports.Ballard was driven hard into the boards by Martin and stayed on the ice for some time. A stretcher was brought out, but Ballard skated off under his own power. The team reported that Ballard was conscious at the hospital.

June 2, 2015 05:34 AM
Ballard (illness) has been activated from injured reserve.With the debilitating illness that sidelined him for three weeks now behind him, Ballard will make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Canadiens. He's expected to skate with Matt Dumba, with Nate Prosser heading to the press box as a healthy scratch.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) has been activated from injured reserve.With the debilitating illness that sidelined him for three weeks now behind him, Ballard will make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Canadiens. He's expected to skate with Matt Dumba, with Nate Prosser heading to the press box as a healthy scratch.

June 2, 2015 05:35 AM
Ballard (illness) is expected to return Saturday against the Canadiens, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard has been sidelined since Oct. 23 with an unknown illness that required him to take a stint on the disabled list. He practiced Monday and appears to be returned to full health.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) is expected to return Saturday against the Canadiens, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard has been sidelined since Oct. 23 with an unknown illness that required him to take a stint on the disabled list. He practiced Monday and appears to be returned to full health.

June 2, 2015 05:40 AM
Ballard (illness) practiced with the team Monday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reportsBallard seems to finally be getting over the mysterious illness that warranted a move to IR. He'll still need to be activated before he suits up again, but it looks like he could be in the lineup Tuesday against the Penguins.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) practiced with the team Monday, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reportsBallard seems to finally be getting over the mysterious illness that warranted a move to IR. He'll still need to be activated before he suits up again, but it looks like he could be in the lineup Tuesday against the Penguins.

June 2, 2015 05:46 AM
Ballard (illness) hasn't shown much improvement with his condition, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard visited doctors for more blood work Wednesday with the hope of getting a better handle on how to treat the illness. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and has no clear timetable for a return.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) hasn't shown much improvement with his condition, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard visited doctors for more blood work Wednesday with the hope of getting a better handle on how to treat the illness. He was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and has no clear timetable for a return.

June 2, 2015 05:48 AM
Ballard (illness) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

June 2, 2015 05:52 AM
Ballard (illness) will not be with the Wild on their upcoming road trip, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's MIchael Russo reports.Minnesota will hit the road for a back-to-back on Monday at the Rangers and Tuesday at Boston before returning home Thursday. That Thursday tilt against the Sharks is the most likely date for Ballard's return.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) will not be with the Wild on their upcoming road trip, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's MIchael Russo reports.Minnesota will hit the road for a back-to-back on Monday at the Rangers and Tuesday at Boston before returning home Thursday. That Thursday tilt against the Sharks is the most likely date for Ballard's return.

June 2, 2015 05:53 AM
Ballard (illness) will remain out of the lineup Saturday against the Lightning.Ballard's defensive partner, Christian Folin, also remains under the weather and will be unavailable Saturday. As a result, the duo of Matthew Dumba and Nate Prosser will assume third-pairing duties for the second straight contest.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) will remain out of the lineup Saturday against the Lightning.Ballard's defensive partner, Christian Folin, also remains under the weather and will be unavailable Saturday. As a result, the duo of Matthew Dumba and Nate Prosser will assume third-pairing duties for the second straight contest.

June 2, 2015 05:54 AM
Ballard (illness) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Both Ballard and his usual defensive partner (Christian Folin) were feeling sick Thursday morning, prompting coach Mike Yeo to tab Matthew Dumba and Nate Prosser for third-pairing duties. A day out of the lineup should be all Ballard needs to clear up the illness, before a likely return to action Saturday against the Bolts.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (illness) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Both Ballard and his usual defensive partner (Christian Folin) were feeling sick Thursday morning, prompting coach Mike Yeo to tab Matthew Dumba and Nate Prosser for third-pairing duties. A day out of the lineup should be all Ballard needs to clear up the illness, before a likely return to action Saturday against the Bolts.

June 2, 2015 06:01 AM
Ballard is expected to play Friday against Anaheim, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.It will be Ballard's season debut after he missed the first two games with a lower body injury. However, he may not be active most games with a youth movement on the Wild's blue line.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard is expected to play Friday against Anaheim, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.It will be Ballard's season debut after he missed the first two games with a lower body injury. However, he may not be active most games with a youth movement on the Wild's blue line.

June 2, 2015 06:04 AM
Ballard (lower body) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard looks like he'll be healthy enough to make his season debut this coming weekend. He was paired with Matthew Dumba during the session.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (lower body) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard looks like he'll be healthy enough to make his season debut this coming weekend. He was paired with Matthew Dumba during the session.

June 2, 2015 06:12 AM
Ballard took a shot off his body in practice Tuesday which likely led to him missing practice Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard's reason for missing practice is undisclosed at this point, but it puts his availability for Thursday's regular season opener in question. The 31-year-old blueliner's status will likely be cleared up before Thursday's game, but he may not take the ice even if he's healthy.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard took a shot off his body in practice Tuesday which likely led to him missing practice Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.Ballard's reason for missing practice is undisclosed at this point, but it puts his availability for Thursday's regular season opener in question. The 31-year-old blueliner's status will likely be cleared up before Thursday's game, but he may not take the ice even if he's healthy.

June 2, 2015 06:19 AM
Ballard (lower body) is set to return to the lineup in Thursday's preseason match against St. Louis.Ballard may have more competition for a spot in the third pairing than it initially seemed, especially with the Wild grabbing Nate Prosser off waivers on Thursday. Ballard is risky draft pick for a fantasy league right now. He doesn't offer a lot of production and could find himself on the outside looking in.
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ballard (lower body) is set to return to the lineup in Thursday's preseason match against St. Louis.Ballard may have more competition for a spot in the third pairing than it initially seemed, especially with the Wild grabbing Nate Prosser off waivers on Thursday. Ballard is risky draft pick for a fantasy league right now. He doesn't offer a lot of production and could find himself on the outside looking in.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-11/202
Birthdate:
11/26/1982
Age:
37
Hometown:
Baudette, MN, USA
Team:
Minnesota Wild
School:
Minnesota
NHL Experience:
9