St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) – The Minnesota Wild announced that
defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from a local hospital and will be
Ballard left Tuesday’s 5-4 home loss to the Islanders after absorbing a hard
check from New York’s Matt Martin with 11:56 to play in the second period. He
appeared to be unconscious immediately after contact was made, and was
helped off the ice after several minutes of evaluation from team staff.
Ballard was deemed to have suffered multiple facial fractures once taken for
further examination at Regions Hospital.
It’s a second dose of bad luck for the 32-year-old, who missed time earlier in
the season due to the mumps.