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KEITH BALLARD  USA

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BIRTHYEAR 1982-11-26 BIRTHPLACEBaudette, MN, USA
AGE 32 NATION USA
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 180 cm / 5'11" WEIGHT 92 kg / 203 lbs
CONTRACT 14/15
NHL DRAFT 2002 round 1 #11 overall by Buffalo Sabres


A defenceman eager to join the offense. Has good vision and skills with the puck. Needs to be more careful in the defensive zone and avoid risking defence in favour of offence. Ballard can also deliver big hits in open ice. (Matias Strozyk)

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1999-00 USNTDP Juniors USHL 58 12 2133119 |            
  USA U18 WJC-18 6 1 124 4 |            
 2000-01 Omaha Lancers USHL 56 22 2951168 | Playoffs 10 1 678  
 2001-02 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 41 10 132342 |            
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 1 124 4 |            
 2002-03 Univ. of Minnesota NCAA 45 12 294178 |            
 2003-04 Univ. of Minnesota  NCAA 37 11 253683 |            
  USA WC 8 1 012 1 |            
 2004-05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 60 2 182088 -29 |            
 2005-06 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 8 313999 -18 |            
 2006-07 Arizona Coyotes NHL 70 5 222759 -7 |            
  USA WC 7 0 3316 0 |            
 2007-08 Arizona Coyotes NHL 82 6 152185 7 |            
  USA WC 5 0 2216 0 |            
 2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 82 6 283472 14 |            
  USA WC 9 1 232 3 |            
 2009-10 Florida Panthers NHL 82 8 202888 -7 |            
 2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 65 2 5753 10 | Playoffs 10 0 006 -4 
 2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 1 6764 0 | Playoffs 4 0 112 -1 
 2012-13 Vancouver Canucks NHL 36 0 2229 -2 |            
 2013-14 Minnesota Wild NHL 45 2 7937 -7 | Playoffs 3 0 000 -2 
 2014-15 Minnesota Wild NHL 14 0 1126 -3 |            



CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 60 2 18 20 0.33 88  -29  |    
  NCAA: 123 33 67 100 0.81 203  |    
  NHL: 605 38 137 175 0.29 612  -13  | 17 0 1 1 0.06 -7 
  USHL: 114 34 50 84 0.74 287  | 10 1 6 7 0.70  
  WC: 29 2 7 9 0.31 36  |    
  WJC-18: 6 1 1 2 0.33 |    
  WJC-20: 7 1 1 2 0.29 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2000-2001 USHL Clark Cup Champion
2001-2002 NCAA (Championship) Winner
2002-2003 NCAA (Championship) Winner
  NCAA (WCHA) Champion
2003-2004 NCAA (WCHA) Champion
  NCAA (West) First All-American Team
  NCAA Top Collegiate Player (Hobey Baker Award) Finalist
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- NCAA (Championship) Winner 01/02, 02/03
- NCAA (WCHA) Champion 02/03, 03/04
- NCAA (West) First All-American Team 03/04
- NCAA Top Collegiate Player (Hobey Baker Award) Finalist 03/04
- USHL Clark Cup Champion 00/01



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
07/04/2013 Confirmed Vancouver Canucks Minnesota Wild 2 years 
07/04/2013 Confirmed Vancouver Canucks Unknown Bought out 
06/26/2010 Confirmed Florida Panthers Vancouver Canucks Traded 
09/10/2008 Extension Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 6 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Omaha Lancers
Cult/Star player for Utah Grizzlies
 
Career transactions
- 2013-07-04 • Signed to a two-year contract by the Minnesota Wild
- 2013-07-04 • Bought out by the Vancouver Canucks
- 2010-06-25 • Traded to the Vancouver Canucks with Victor Oreskovich for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner & a 2010 1st round pick (Quinton Howden)
- 2008-09-09 • Signed to a six-year contract extension by the Florida Panthers
- 2004-06-08 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Phoenix Coyotes
- 2004-03-09 • NHL rights traded to the Phoenix Coyotes with Derek Morris for Chris Gratton, Ossi Väänänen & a 2005 2nd round pick (Paul Stastny)
- 2003-07-03 • NHL rights traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Steven Reinprecht