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Veteran defenseman Ballard retires one year after last concussion

Veteran defensemen Keith Ballard marked the one-year anniversary of his last concussion by officially announcing his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday.While playing for the Minnesota Wild, Ballard suffered three facial fractures after a horrific collision with forward Matt Martin in a game versus the New York Islanders on Dec. 9, 2014. The 33-year-old admitted to Michael Russo...
Via Fox Sports
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold are considering retirement

Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have reached the end of the road in the NHL. Ballard, 32, is still experiencing concussion symptoms from a brutal hit he took back in December of 2014 and he’s worried about long-term effects. Meanwhile, Leopold hasn’t been offered a new contract and at the age of 35 he might be willing to hang up his skates in order to focus on his family...
Via Puck Drunk Love
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild's Ballard has facial fractures, concussion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards. The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely. Ballard was hurt Tuesday when he tried to turn away from Matt Martin as the New York Islanders left wing charged toward him...
Via Associated Press
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Ballard released from hospital with concussion, multiple facial fractures

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard was released from the hospital Wednesday after suffering multiple facial fractures and a concussion from a head-first hit into the boards in Minnesota's 5-4 win Tuesday night. The team announced Ballard, 32, is out indefinitely. Ballard turned away from a hit from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin and went head first...
Via Fox Sports North
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild D Keith Ballard taken to hospital after hitting head on boards

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defensemen Keith Ballard left Tuesday night's game and was taken to a local hospital after a scary-looking hit into the boards. Ballard turned away from a hit from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin and appeared to hit his head on the boards near the New York bench and then fell to the ice. Ballard's head hit the ice and he was down on the ice...
Via Fox Sports North
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild defenseman Ballard leaves game vs. Islanders with injury

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has left the game after an injury from a hit into the boards by New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin. Ballard passed the puck at mid-ice midway through the second period and tried to turn away as Martin charged toward him with a straight-ahead angle. Ballard was pinned awkwardly against the glass partition separating...
Via Associated Press
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild defenseman Ballard leaves with injury

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has left the game after an injury from a hit into the boards by New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin. Ballard passed the puck at mid-ice midway through the second period and tried to turn away as Martin charged toward him with a straight-ahead angle. Ballard was pinned awkwardly against the glass partition separating...
Via Associated Press
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Ballard back for Wild, OK with being cautious after concussion

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Keith Ballard has two children and a wife at home. He'd prefer to recognize them when his NHL playing career is over. "I don't want to be putting myself in a position where in 10 years I can't remember their names and can't get through a day functioning normally," the oft-concussed defenseman said Tuesday morning ahead of his reappearance in the Wild lineup. "That...
Via Fox Sports North
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild return home in same 2-0 hole as last series

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Keith Ballard and 19,221 other spectators could feel the energy pulsate through their veins as Game 3 against the Avalanche began. It rarely waned, never left. In the Wild's come-from-behind, 4-3 series triumph over Colorado in the Stanley Cup Playoffs quarterfinals, a raucous, hockey-crazed Xcel Energy Center crowd made for three gameday environments that rival...
Via Fox Sports North
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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