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Wild’s Harding wins Masterton Trophy

Jun 14, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Josh Harding #37 of the Minnesota Wild makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 2-1 in overtime.
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Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding has captured the 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, beating out Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid.

The Masterton is awarded annually to the player who exemplifies “perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”  The Professional Hockey Writers Association will hand out a $2,500 grant to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in Harding’s name.

Harding, 28, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last fall but managed to serve as Minnesota’s backup this season, and missed extensive time with a MS-related setback in February.

Undeterred, Harding returned to action and became the team’s starter for all five games of its opening-round playoff loss to Chicago.

Filling in for the injured Niklas Backstrom, Harding posted a .911 save percentage and 2.94 GAA in the playoffs, which included a stellar 43-save effort in Game 2.

  1. arbyemcee - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Well done Josh, stay strong and keep up the great attitude.

  2. 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Hell yes. That put a smile on my face.

  3. sjsblitz - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Very deserving indeed. Grats Josh, all for the love of hockey!

  4. northstarnic - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Congrats to Mr. Harding. Well deserved.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Very well deserved , he’s truly amazing , he loved hockey so much he doesn’t care what’s in his way , he’ll do what he loves , THAT’S a true hockey player

  6. jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    And he won a playoff game to boot. Him and Gregory Campbell deserve to drink for free.

  7. gooterbaby - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Suck on that Crosby!!

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Crosbys amazing , he didn’t deserve the award , josh represents true dedication to our awesome sport , I don’t call that a miracle , I call that truly unbelievable , that’s a hockey player

  9. r4n6er - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I thought the point of this award was someone overcoming an injury and doing extremely well? Harding showed true heart, dedication and grit to stay in the NHL and even bailed his team out when Backy got hurt, however his numbers weren’t great. I think he played 7 games (regular season) posted a .863 and a GAA 3.24. Maybe I just don’t understand the award?

    • r4n6er - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      How about someone helps me out by explaining the “award” instead of just thumbs down. Like I said Harding did an incredible thing, but I am not sure how it directly applies to this award.

  10. howintensive - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    He had multiple sclerosis and returned to the ice. That’s a far greater achievement than returning from a concussion, which 3-4 other players also did this year.

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