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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.

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