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Keith Ballard
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Keith Ballard  #2

Minnesota Wild  Defenseman
NUMBER: 2 BIRTHDATE: November 26, 1982  (AGE 32)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Baudette, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 204 DRAFTED: BUF / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (11th overall)
2014-15 HIGHLIGHTS *Skated in 600th career game vs. LA (11/26) - 10th Minnesota-born defenseman to reach 600 games *Recorded season high 4 blocked shots at PHI (11/20) *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 is out indefintely
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.
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When I first became captain here, Monsieur Beliveau came to me and said, 'You're going to be fine. You don't have to change, you got selected because of who you are.'

— Saku Koivu on Thursday, recalling what he was told by the late Jean Beliveau when he was named Canadiens captain in 1999
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