KEITH BALLARDGame 813 | September 5, 2013
Chuck Fletcher, Keith Ballard
Released by Vancouver, Ballard, a former University of Minnesota defenseman, was the Wild's major free-agent, off-season acquisition. Brought in to add experience to a young group of defensemen, Ballard said he was elated to come back to Minnesota where he played three years with the University of Minnesota. The Baudette native won two NCAA championships with the Gophers. Those teams sent three defensemen, Ballard, Jordan Leopold and Paul Martin to the National Hockey League.