June 18, 1984|
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)|
|Played for||Minnesota Wild|
38th overall, 2002|
Harding played three seasons of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings. He won the Del Wilson and Four Broncos Memorial Trophies in 2003 as the WHL's top goaltender and most outstanding player respectively. He represented Canada at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a silver medal. He was selected in the second round, 38th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Wild. He began his professional career with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Wild's top minor league affiliate. In the 2004–05 season, his rookie season with the Aeros, he posted a 21–16–3 record with a 2.01 goals against average (GAA).
Harding was called-up to the Wild on March 8, 2006, after goalie Dwayne Roloson was traded to the Edmonton Oilers. Before being called up, Harding had a 27–8–0 record with a .923% save percentage (second best in the AHL) in the Aeros' 2005–06 season. He finished the season with a 29–8–0 record for the Aeros. He appeared in three games with the Wild in 2005–06, going 2–1–0 with a 2.59 GAA.
Harding began the 2006–07 season with the Aeros, compiling a 17–15–4 record before being recalled by the Wild on January 24, 2007. Harding recorded a 30-save, 5–0 shutout against the Oilers on March 1, 2007, the third shutout of his career.
On October 14, 2007, Harding stopped 37 shots in his first game of the season, shutting-out the Anaheim Ducks 2–0. He compiled a 11–15 record in the 2007–08 NHL season, recording a 2.94 GAA. He played less during the 2008–09 season, going 3–11 but posting an improved 2.21 GAA.
On September 24, 2010, Harding tore the Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee in a pre-season game away against the St. Louis Blues that forced him to miss the entire 2010–11 season. Despite this, on July 1, 2011, Harding signed a one-year contract extension with the Wild.
On June 19, 2012, Harding signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract extension with Minnesota. On November 28, 2012, during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, it was reported that Harding had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He kept the ailment (which can cause blurred vision and affect balance and coordination) a secret for over a month after doctors discovered the disease in late September 2012. In his first game back post-diagnosis, on January 20, 2013, Harding stopped all 24 shots he faced in a 1–0 shutout win over the Dallas Stars.
During the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Presidents' Trophy-winning Chicago Blackhawks as the eighth seed, Wild starting goaltender Niklas Bäckström injured himself during warm ups before Game 1. Harding would replace him in a 2–1 overtime loss, stopping 35 shots. This brought praise from his teammates as well as opponents for his incredible play despite being affected by multiple sclerosis. The Wild would lose the series 4–1, but Harding would win the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in recognition of his efforts.
Harding was expected to compete for the starting goaltending position for the Wild in the 2014–15 season, but a broken foot suffered in the off-season derailed those plans. Months later, upon being activated from injured reserve, the Wild placed Harding on waivers and assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. In his second game of the season playing for Iowa, Harding suffered from dehydration, which was related to his multiple sclerosis, and had to be hospitalized. He subsequently retired from the professional hockey and currently works as a high school goalie instructor for the Edina Hornets in Edina, Minnesota.
Harding made his international debut at the junior level for Canada in the 2004 World Juniors, helping claim a championship silver medal. At the completion of the 2008–09 season, Harding was selected to make his full senior debut with the Canada senior team at the 2009 IIHF World Championship. He helped guide the Canadians to capture a silver medal.
Harding was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November 2012 while training during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. Harding lives in Edina with his wife Sara and their two children. Through his marriage, Harding has a stepson.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2003–04||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||27||13||11||3||1612||65||5||2.42||.920||11||5||6||660||36||0||3.27||.897|
Awards and honoursEdit
|WHL Player of the Month (December)||2002–03|
|WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player of the Year)||2002–03|
|WHL Del Wilson Trophy (Goaltender of the Year)||2002–03|
|AHL All-Star Game (did not play due to injury)||2005–06|
|NHL Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy||2012–13|
- Houston Aeros' franchise record for saves in a single game (56)
- Flett, Cory; Watts, Jessie (eds.). 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. pp. 206, 209.
- "Josh Harding player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
- "Harding tears right ACL and MCL, likely out for season (updated)". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "Wild sign backup goalie Harding". Toronto Sun. July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
- "Wild Re-Signs Harding". Minnesota Wild. June 19, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
- "Wild's Harding diagnosed with multiple sclerosis". National Hockey League. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
- "Wild's Harding starts battle with MS". Minnesota Star Tribune. November 28, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
- "Wild goalie Josh Harding diagnosed with multiple sclerosis". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. November 29, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
- "Josh Harding wins 1-0 in first game since MS diagnosis". USAToday. January 20, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- "Niklas Backstrom injured during warmups". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "Wild goalie Josh Harding earns Blackhawks praise". Toronto Sun. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
- "Josh Harding suspended, Darcy Kuemper re-signed". CBS Sports. September 21, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- "Harding assigned to Iowa in return from injury". Minnesota Star Tribune. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
- "Josh Harding hospitalized over weekend for dehydration". Minnesota Star Tribune. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
- "Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding diagnosed with MS". USA Today. November 29, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
- Murphy, Brian (March 21, 2017). "Retired Wild goalie Josh Harding at peace with MS, abrupt end to NHL career". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the WHL Del Wilson Trophy
| Winner of the WHL Four Broncos Memorial Trophy
| Winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy