Ballard retires, still gets headaches from concussion

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Keith Ballard's career is over – and it pretty much has been for exactly one year.

On Dec. 9, 2014, Ballard took a hit in a game at Xcel Energy Center that left him convulsing on the ice. He was diagnosed with a concussion and facial fractures, putting an end to his 2014 season with the Minnesota Wild and ultimately, an end to his career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWzQ84UhAkg

According to the Star Tribune, Ballard is officially retiring from the NHL – and still dealing with symptoms from the concussion.

"One day, we were playing tag with the kids outside and I started getting real dizzy and bad headaches. I had to lay down and that seemed to trigger other things," Ballard told the Star Tribune. "Chopping wood one day, I suddenly had to stop."

Wild Xtra's Mike Berg was at the game Ballard was hit hard by Matt Martin of the Islanders, and he described the situation like this:

"What we saw there was disturbing to say the least. I looked down at the ice and saw a group huddled around someone, and when I looked back up to the jumbotron, I briefly saw Don Fuller bent over a player, and that player shaking violently as if in a seizure. (I am not a doctor, so I can only speak to what I saw with my own eyes, it was bad.) The screen went black, and then to a giant Wild logo. The arena was silent, other than a couple “Oh my God” comments from around the arena."

Ballard, the former two-time national champion with the Gophers, is looking ahead to the rest of his life, and walking away from hockey with his long-term health in mind.

Next Up

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.

flickr-mall-of-america-mitchell-hirsch-march-2019

When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.

Minnesota_Welcome_Sign_-_Minnesota_Welcomes_You_-_Taylors_Falls_(28269804891)

Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.

Texa-Tonka

Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.

Related