Jim Ballantine (ice hockey)

Jim Jeffery Ballantine (November 6, 1967 – January 2002) was an American ice hockey center.[1]

Jim Ballantine
Born (1967-11-06)November 6, 1967
Union Lake, Michigan
Died January 4, 2002(2002-01-04) (aged 34)
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Columbus Chill
Richmond Renegades
Indianapolis Ice
Dallas Freeze
Playing career 1991–1994

Ballantine was born in Union Lake, Michigan. A graduate and hockey player for the University of Michigan, he started his professional career with the Columbus Chill in the ECHL. He also played for the Richmond Renegades (ECHL), Indianapolis Ice (IHL), and Dallas Freeze (CHL).

Ballantine was the first player to wear a 3-digit number in a professional sports game.[citation needed] He wore the number 101 to promote Columbus, Ohio radio station CD101. Ballantine was a regular on-air personality on the station.[2] Ballantine formerly wore number 19, in a nod to longtime Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.

Ballantine died in 2002 from Lou Gherig's Disease (ALS).[3]


  1. ^ "Rumblings with Bob Hunter". Columbus Dispatch. January 11, 2002. Archived from the original on January 31, 2002.
  2. ^ Paitson, David; Merz, Craig. Chill Factor: How a Minor League Hockey Team Changed a City Forever. ISBN 978-1613217672.
  3. ^ "Ice ALS | Michigan Medicine". uofmhealth.org. University of Michigan.

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