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Harding shuts out Stars in first start since MS diagnosis

Jan 20, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

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Josh Harding got an early indication that something might be wrong on Sept. 27 when Wild team doctor Dan Peterson noticed an abnormality on Harding’s MRI. That led to more tests and resulted in Harding being told that he had multiple sclerosis.

He admitted that he felt bad for himself initially, but in the end he was determined to continue his career.

“I know what my overall goal is to be, and that’s a No. 1 goalie of the Minnesota Wild and to win a Stanley Cup here,” Harding said in November. “It would make me happy to overcome this. Not just overcome this, but to really succeed with it.”

For at least one night, Harding did just that. In his first start since his diagnosis, Harding turned aside 24 shots to lead the Minnesota Wild in a 1-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. His efforts included stopping three shots on goal from Jaromir Jagr, who had four points against the Phoenix Coyotes just one night earlier.

“It’s been a tough couple months here and this made it all worth it,” Harding said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

  1. tuberippin - Jan 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Big ups to Harding!

  2. Stiller43 - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Great story. No matter who you root for, you have to feel good for him.

  3. steelturf76 - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Speaking as someone who has M.S. this is a huge feel good story for myself personally. I go through struggles every day, from getting out of bed to the thought of one wrong move or one muscle spasm and I’m on the floor having to call for assistance getting back up. Hearing about him being diagnosed, then sharing his story with the public, and now hearing about success like this shows others that just because someone has a life changing disease doesn’t mean that they are going to let it get the best of them. He has become my new role model and I wish him all the luck in the world!!

    • woodstakes - Jan 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      That’s a great story Steelturf76, thank you for sharing. Good Luck to you too my friend!!

    • slickvb82 - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Great story, thanks for sharing! Wishing you the best as well!

  4. mnrube23 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Really thumbs down! someone knee-cap that guy/gal…and punch him/her in the stupid face. AHOLE!!!

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