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Keith Ballard

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The Resume

    (November 26, 1982- )
    Born in Baudette, Minnesota
    Drafted 11th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft
    Defenseman for the Phoenix Coyotes (2005-08), Florida Panthers (2008-10), Vancouver Canucks (2010-13) and the Minnesota Wild

Why he might be annoying:

    He was traded twice before playing in an NHL game.
    He spent the first five seasons of his career on non-contending teams.
    In a blunder that made it to sports shows in North America, he slashed his teammate Tomas Vokoun in the head with his stick, in an attempt to hit the post out of frustration.
    He was frequently a healthy scratch during the Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup Finals run.
    He frequently butted heads with his coach, Alain Vigneault, during his first season with the Canucks.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He left home at 15 to play with the U.S. National Development Team.
    He was a standout defenseman at the University of Minnesota, which earned him a Top 12 draft selection.
    He showed genuine remorse after slashing his teammate in the head, and did not receive disciplinary action for the incident.
    When he was traded to Vancouver, he showed excitement at the though of playing in a pro-hockey market.
    Rather than lash out at the team in the media over his coach's decision to bench him during the playoff run, he was quietly rewarded with a return to the lineup once the team's defensive corps started to get injured.

Credit: Ricky

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Year In Review:

    In 2023, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 11 Votes: 54.55% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 7 Votes: 85.71% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 22 Votes: 59.09% Annoying