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Ballard, other blueliners wait their turn

Updated: June 3, 2011, 2:59 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- He was, once upon a time, the 11th overall pick in the 2002 NHL draft.

He has played in World Championships and earned big-time contracts.

He has been "the man."

On this day, though, while the Vancouver Canucks rested after their dramatic 1-0 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, veteran defenseman Keith Ballard was on the ice at the University of British Columbia with the rest of the healthy ...

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