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In Other News: Keith Ballard Has Surgery ... Peter Worrell is Big Man on Campus

Ballard3 Spoke to Keith Ballard yesterday and he sends everyone his best.

It's been a busy -- and productive -- offseason for Ballard.

He and his wife Jamie returned to Minneapolis soon after the season ended and had their first child -- a girl.

Ballard also had hip surgery to repair an injury that was nagging at him through much of the season. He says it was nothing major, but it was something that needed to be addressed before it did become something big.

He says he is still on crutches and probably will be for the next couple of weeks. He says he has been rehabbing each day in Minnesota and will resume workouts in the coming weeks. He adds that he will be 100 percent by training camp.

-- Move over Howard, there's another big name coming to Boca Raton.

Belushi Former Panthers enforcer Peter Worrell has been named the new hockey coach at Florida Atlantic University.

According to the release I just got, the Owls compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Division III South Region.

Worrell is also the coach at North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek and led the Eagles to a state championship a few seasons back.

Congrats to Peter.