Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has won the Masterton Trophy, the NHL announced on Friday afternoon, an award giving to the NHL player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Harding, 28, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable autoimmune disease where his body attacks the lining of his nerves, causing them to scar.
The goaltender compiled a (1-1-1) record with a 3.24 goals against average during the 2012-13 regular season with Minnesota, and then he started all five of the team's postseason contests after Niklas Backstrom suffered a sports hernia in warmups of game one.
The trophy is given in honor of former Minnesota North Star Bill Masterton, who died in 1968 after an on-ice injury. Harding is the first ever Wild player to win the award.
Posted by Sarah Wheeler